Rays release Cust, with Figueroa, Anderson and De La Rosa in next wave of cuts
The Rays just went through their next waves of cuts, reassigning INF Cole Figueroa, INF Leslie Anderson, OF Rich Thompson, RHP Kirby Yates and RHP Dane De La Rosa to minor league camp.
They also released veteran OF/DH Jack Cust, giving him a chance to latch on with another team the final week of spring training.
None of the moves were surprising, as the Rays needed to trim the roster down. Of those reassigned, Figueroa made the biggest impression.
Figueroa, the former Gators standout, came in on a minor league deal and hit .313 in 23 games, showing off his versatility defensively and his baseball savvy. Manager Joe Maddon believes Figueroa will be a major leaguer someday, telling him as much in their exit meeting.
Cust, who signed a minor league deal after camp had already started, was hoping to show there was some pop left in his bat. Maddon enjoyed having Cust, who went 4-for-23 in 10 games with no homer or RBI. But with all the Triple-A spots filled up, he wanted to give Cust a shot to move on to another team.