March 7, 2012; Clearwater FL, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Jack Cust (9) hits a ground ball in the first inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed free-agent outfielder/designated hitter Jack Cust to a minor league deal, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Cust provides the Jays with some outfield depth after the team traded a pair of their young outfielders in trade deadline moves.
After being released by the Astros and most recently the Yankees, this season, Cust will be joining his third different organization of the year. He has spent this season with the Yankees Class Triple-A affiliate, but never got a call up despite batting .249/.400/.475 in 425 plate appearances.
The 33-year-old Cust hasn't played in the majors this season, but the walk machine batted .213/.344/.329 in 270 plate appearances with 3 home runs in 2011 for the Mariners. While Cust does strikeout at a high rate, he has done one thing at an elite level throughout his career - walk. In 2007, Cust walked nearly 21% of the time.