, a good man having a terrible season, was designated for assignment today by the Seattle Mariners.
Cust, 32, was an off-season $2.5 million investment by GM Jack Zduriencik, who'd hoped the left-handed hitter could add punch to a lineup that lacked any true production. It didn't work, and one of those men is now out of a job.
Cust played in 67 games, batting .213 with three home runs and 23 RBI. One of the most popular and pleasent men in the cluhouse - for teammates and media - he remained a professional throughout his struggles and eventual benching.
Cust was DFA'd to make room on the 25-man roster for Erik Bedard, who will start tonight against Tampa Bay.