Mariners' Jack Cust is designated for assignment
Mariners designated hitter Jack Cust was designated for assignment Friday, which means the team has 10 days to trade, release or outright Cust. The 32-year-old hit .213 with three home runs for the Mariners.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Saturday vs. Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m., Ch. 13 | Pineda (8-7, 3.64) vs. Cobb (3-0, 2.57)
Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m., ROOT | Vargas (6-9, 4.09) vs. Hellickson (9-7, 3.27)
Monday vs. Oakland, 7:10 p.m., ROOT | Fister (3-12, 3.33) vs. Cahill (9-9, 3.58)
Tuesday vs. Oakland, 7:10 p.m., ROOT | Hernandez (9-9, 3.38) vs. Harden (2-1, 4.30)
Wednesday vs. Oakland, 12:40 p.m., ROOT | Bedard (4-7, 3.45) vs. Gonzalez (9-8, 2.84)
When asked about the Mariners' decision to part ways with designated hitter Jack Cust, manager Eric Wedge said, "It was time to move on."
Cust was designated for assignment Friday, making room for left-hander Erik Bedard to come off the disabled list and start the opener of a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
"A class act, pro," Wedge said of Cust. "He was good in the clubhouse, a good teammate, hard worker. (He) really just wasn't able to get it going for us this year. It's not for anything in regard to lack of effort or dedication or focus, because he was in it each and every day, but just wasn't able to get it going."
The Mariners have 10 days to trade, release or send the 32-year-old to the minors. Cust had played sparingly of late, and had hit .213 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 67 games for the Mariners.
Wedge said the organization decided to make a move with a position player instead of a pitcher, because it gives the team more options.
"The fact of the matter is, you've got to look beyond today," Wedge said. "There's nothing more important than today's game. But having said that, you've got to pay attention to tomorrow, next week and even next year."
One option the move creates is for the Mariners to try a six-man rotation. It would provide extra rest for ace Felix Hernandez and the team's younger arms. The change isn't imminent, but Wedge said it's a possibility.
"There's always a possibility of that, because you know, when you talk about guys that are pitching this year we've got some youth," Wedge said. "I don't think there's quite the necessity to push Felix like there was last year and like we did early on this year."
Wedge was asked how Cust took the news, and he said the veteran handled it "like a pro. He didn't say much."
The Mariners also traded outfielder Ryan Langerhans to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations. Outfielder Wily Mo Pena will take his spot on the Tacoma Rainiers' roster. Pena was acquired this week after being released by the Diamondbacks.
Langerhans was acquired in a 2009 deal with the Washington Nationals for Mike Morse. Langerhans hit .173 in 19 games for the Mariners, but spent most of the season at Tacoma.
Morse, meanwhile, is hitting .310 for the Nationals.
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For the record: W-L 44-61; W PCT .419;
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