So while his new Seattle teammates hooted and hollered a bit when he flashed his arm strength -- Milton Bradley even went for a chest bump at one point as they took turns in left field -- Cust takes pride in being able to play when needed.
"I was a baseball player first," the 32-year-old said. "No matter where they put me, I'm going to give 100 percent. No way am I the greatest outfielder in the world, but I try my butt off to get as good as I can.
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"There are going to be days when I'm out there and I feel comfortable out there. I've been playing in the outfield for 15 years now, so I should be OK. I'm no Gold Glover, that's for sure, but I make the plays and I've got a pretty good arm, pretty accurate."
Cust said he has always taken part in outfield drills to keep himself ready.
"Just because I DH, I still go out and get in all my work," he said. "Before the game, I act like I'm going to play in the outfield. Not as much during the season, I get a little different approach mentally as far as the DH kind of thing. I have to get into a different kind of zone. But when I'm playing the outfield, I get as much work in as I can out there. And Spring Training is the best time to do it."
Cust looks like he might be more of a first baseman with his burly build, but he hasn't played there since high school. He shifted to the outfield once he was drafted by Arizona with a late first-round pick in 1997, the same outfield where his father played for Seton Hall.
"First base is too close to the action for me," Cust said with a grin. "I let the ball slow down before I catch it. These are big boys hitting the ball."
If Cust does see any outfield time in Seattle, he'll be joined by Gold Glove winners Franklin Gutierrez and Ichiro Suzuki -- a fact that provides some comfort.
"That makes it easier, when you've only got to cover a little space," Cust said. "I told Guti, everything to my left I'm expecting you to catch. I got everything the other way. Unless you can run all the way over here and you can get that, too ..."