Cust clears waivers; assigned to Triple-A

Cust clears waivers; assigned to Triple-A

Jack Cust, designated for assignment by the A's right before Opening Day in a move that took the slugger by surprise, cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The paper reported that as of late Thursday night, the A's had not heard if Cust accepted the assignment. The club has not confirmed this report. If he turns it down, he will be a free agent and would not be paid the $2.65 million he re-signed for in the offseason.

"I'll probably stick around," Cust said after being designated. "There's not much out there right now, so there's a good chance I'll [clear waivers]."

Cust, 31, hit .240 with 25 home runs and 70 RBIs last year and hit 33 homers in 2008 and 26 in 2007, becoming the A's biggest home run threat. But he had a rough spring this year, striking out 20 times in 51 at-bats and hitting .216, and veteran Eric Chavez proved to be healthy and won the DH job.

Doug Miller is a national writer for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.