Cust Could Be Odd Man Out In Oakland

MONDAY, 3:10pm: Don't look for Cust to land in Seattle, says Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

SUNDAY, 12:20pm: The A's acquisition of Jake Fox from the Cubs could spell the end of Jack Cust's time in Oakland, writes Carl Steward of the Mercury News.  Cust, who is set to command between $4-5MM in arbitration, is a likely non-tender candidate.

However, Oakland GM Billy Beane may just find a taker for the soon-to-be 31-year-old slugger at the winter meetings.  Both the Mets and Mariners could be interested.  Beane also says that the club is more likely to sign a free agent during the meetings than make a trade.

How much could the A's get for Cust, considering that everyone knows the club is unlikely to tender him an offer?



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