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Cust Clears Waivers
Cust was put through waivers after being designated for assignment. Every team had an opportunity to claim Cust and take on his $2.65 million contract. OaklandClubhouse.com has learned that no team made a claim on Cust and that he has cleared waivers. Cust has been assigned to Triple-A Sacramento by the A's. As a veteran, he has the opportunity to refuse that assignment and become a free agent. If he does so, he will forfeit his 2010 salary. Cust has until this weekend to let the A's know if he will join the River Cats.
Given the A's injury history over the past few seasons, it is likely that Cust will be back in Oakland at some point during the 2010 season if he chooses to stay with the organization. In three seasons with Oakland, Cust has hit only .239, but he has an 829 OPS and 89 homeruns. His OPS has gone down more than 60 points in each of the last three seasons, however, and he is coming off of a mediocre spring training. Cust, who was originally a first round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1997, is 31 years old.
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