White Sox To Sign Lastings Milledge

The White Sox agreed to sign Lastings Milledge to a minor league deal, the team announced. Milledge will earn $500K in the majors and his deal doesn't include incentives, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Milledge, 25, has played in parts of five seasons for the Mets, Nationals and Pirates.

The Pirates non-tendered the 2003 first rounder after he hit .277/.332/.380 in 412 plate appearances. He played left and right for the Pirates last year, but before that had spent most of his career in center field. Milledge has a below-average -8.0 UZR/150 on defense in his career and the only position at which his defensive numbers are above-average is left field.

The White Sox lost Andruw Jones, last year's fourth outfielder, via free agency. If Milledge has a strong spring, he could make the team and provide manager Ozzie Guillen with depth behind Juan Pierre, Alex Rios and Carlos Quentin.

When MLBTR's Mike Axisa discussed Milledge a month ago, he suggested it would be better to gamble on Milledge than hope that "an aging veteran fights off Father Time for another year."


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97 Comments on "White Sox To Sign Lastings Milledge"


4 years 6 months ago

Love this, hopefully he can make the team, that away when Q goes down we can move him to Center.

shysox
4 years 6 months ago

he would just play right if Q gets hurt

dro03
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah why would we replace Alex Rios, who’s been an above average CF (+3.3 UZR).

Rick Garcia
4 years 6 months ago

He could be a good 4th OF off the bench for them

$1529282
4 years 6 months ago

Can’t believe it took this long for someone to sign him. Why wouldn’t you? He cleaned up his attitude in Pittsburgh and it’s better to roll the dice on him than some other trash we’ve seen get minor league deals.

Shawn Callahan Cook
4 years 6 months ago

I dont know i saw that winter ball fight just a month or two ago…milton bradley light

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

If you saw the video then you saw that he did nothing wrong but defend himself when he was attacked by more than 1 dude. If that were anyone else he would’ve been called “scrappy” or “gritty”. I don’t Mills has had a single incident of being violent.

Shawn Callahan Cook
4 years 6 months ago

he was talking smack from second base to the other teams dugout and stole a base while his team was up more than 4 (unwritten baseball rule), so i think he did more than nothing

Dogo Hess
4 years 6 months ago

great we can use him when we play the cubs

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 6 months ago

Good signing by Kenny Williams. Milledge proved that he can hit left-handed pitching consistenly last year. However, he didn’t show alot of power, and I am worried that in a large market, he will return to his old arrogant self when he made his debut back in 2006.

Last year, he was very competitive and determined to play well in Pittsburgh, and I think he can play well in the Windy City.

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

Nice move by the White Sox.

Sam
4 years 6 months ago

LOVE this, big fan of his!!!

Giorgi Almonte
4 years 6 months ago

good signing…

Bob George
4 years 6 months ago

Nice move, he’s a good hitter, covers decent ground in the outfield, and Chicago’s OF has many issues. He should make the team and get plenty of playing time as a reserve.

4 years 6 months ago

Love love LOVE this move!!! Buh bye lillibridge and hopefully when quentin goes down again this year, we roll the dice on him rather than throw the worthless piece of garbage known as Teahen in RF.

Ian_Smell
4 years 6 months ago

Yesterday I wore my Beavis and Butt-head shirt and it was announced that they were coming back during the summer. Today I’m wearing my Milledge shirt and he signs with the White Sox. I wonder what I should wear tomorrow…

4 years 6 months ago

A “Ranger’s wait one more year to extend Hamilton” turtle-neck.

evenyoudorn
4 years 6 months ago

Crystal Pepsi hat

$1529282
4 years 6 months ago

No way. If he owns a Surge t-shirt though…

thebigdog
4 years 6 months ago

Please don’t wear your Magic Johnson Talk Show shirt.

4 years 6 months ago

Where do they sell milledge shirts?

Ian_Smell
4 years 6 months ago

You can get customized ones at the Pirates’ website.

Karkat
4 years 6 months ago

Nice injury insurance for Quentin and definitely not Soriano because he plays for the Cubs, silly me.

4 years 6 months ago

Soriano? Like the one that plays for the Cubs?

foxtown
4 years 6 months ago

Apparently he will be shared with the Cubs. Sharing is caring.

Karkat
4 years 6 months ago

Hahahaha, oh wow, I can’t believe I said that. xD

I wish I could say I meant Rios, but he doesnt even have any injury history. This is what I get for attempting to analyze baseball while tired, I suppose…

firealyellon
4 years 6 months ago

large bag of fail here

Karkat
4 years 6 months ago

Just one of those days >_>

DaveP
4 years 6 months ago

Before coming to Pittsburgh he had a rep of having a lot of talent but a bad attitude. In Pittsburgh he seemed to have a great attitude but did not display any hint of the 5 tool reputation he had in NY. He also seems to have a low baseball IQ proven almost nightly as he would make dumb base running errors and miss cutoff men. I hope he improves in Chicago but I just don’t see it happening.

chetkincaid
4 years 6 months ago

Good coaching and a supportive atmosphere, coupled with being out of the majors for a while can fix that in a hurry.

4 years 6 months ago

The Sox have been historically good with turning talented but failed players around. There’s nothing wrong with signing a guy like this, and as a fourth outfielder he will be a decent option if/when Quentin goes down. I’ve actually hoped the Sox would sign this guy for a while, as he’s undoubtedly better than Alejandro de Aza. Might as well try to catch lightning in a bottle, no?
Not to mention he is under team control through 2013.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe the fourth one is the charm……actually, as limited as Milledge has been thus far, his limitations actually fit the White Sox.

Guillen is a good manager for figuring out what a player can do and that using that. I mean, I always loved the way he used DeWayne Wise. He understood what he was good for. I see the same thing for Milledge.

They also gave out some stout contracts; it’s nice to fill a hole with a low cost solution.

whitesoxfan424
4 years 6 months ago

Wow, I forgot that he is still so young. It would be nice if he put it all together this year… a lot to ask for, I know.

whitesoxfan424
4 years 6 months ago

I also didn’t realize his batting stats were that good last year.

whitesoxfan424
4 years 6 months ago

How come is URZ is so bad? Is he that bad in the field, bad routes, etc?

impliedi
4 years 6 months ago

“How come is URZ is so bad? Is he that bad in the field, bad routes, etc?”

Yes, he is that bad in the field. And on the basepaths. If you’re looking for a powerless, .270 hitting outfielder that is clumsy on the basepaths and in the field, he’s your guy.

Obviously, he’s a no-risk signing for Chicago. A lot of us Pirate fans were pulling for him and it was good to see him get rid of the “bad attitude” label. But with Jose Tabata coming up and taking over left, Lastings was handed the starting right field spot on the Pirates and couldn’t hold on to it. That being said, I’ll be rooting for him to be a success and make some improvements in the field.

crunchy1
4 years 6 months ago

Nice, low risk signing for the Sox. Nothing to lose here on a guy who still has some upside. I think he’s going to like playing for a manager like Guillen who will always have his back. Milledge will get a chance to just play and let Ozzie distract everything and everyone else. Something tells me this guy is going to have a nice year, not just make the team, but earn himself some playing time.

Beaned1
4 years 6 months ago

Good signing imo. Milledge is still not polished, but he is consistantly awesome vs left-handed pitching. Over .900 OPS vs lefties. Not a defensive replacement…but good PH and sometimes LF/RF vs lefty pitchers.

Jerry Mandering
4 years 6 months ago

He’s still pretty young, he may never mature, but it’s a solid signing. He’s an exciting player and the White Sox have zero outfield depth.

JST1331
4 years 6 months ago

LOVE LASTINGS MILLEDGE! I have his Nationals shirt and his Pittsburgh shirt, just wish I could of had a phillies shirt.

4 years 6 months ago

i was in washington the day he was traded to the pirates so i made sure i got a nationals shirt cheap at the stadium before i left