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Lastings Milledge clears waivers, remains with White Sox at Triple-A

Apr 12, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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Designated for assignment by the White Sox last week, Lastings Milledge has cleared waivers and accepted and assignment to Triple-A, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

That means he’ll remain in Chicago’s organization, but won’t take up a spot on the 40-man roster and can’t be called up again unless the White Sox add him to the roster first (in which case they’d have to waive him again prior to another trip to Triple-A).

Milledge’s stock has obviously plummeted in recent years, as he’s gone from one-time top prospect to clearing waivers at age age 26, but I’m still somewhat surprised that another team didn’t take a flier on him as a backup outfielder.

He’s a good defender in either corner spot who can fake center field for short stretches at a time, and while his overall offensive game hasn’t developed as hoped Milledge is a career .287 hitter with a .793 OPS versus left-handed pitching. As a fourth outfielder or the right-handed-hitting portion of a platoon, he’s still useful.

  1. purdueman - Apr 13, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    The White Sox timing in sneaking Milledge through waivers was excellent, as injuries still haven’t caught up to teams yet and teams set their 40 man rosters once spring training broke. Milledge is only 25 and still has potential 5 tool skills, but his defense is awful and needs a lot of work and he needs to play every day to get straightened out.

    No one is touting Milledge as being even a regular, but he does provide needed depth at AAA should Kenny Williams needs to make a deal to shore up the Sox current lack of a dependable closer.

  2. sfbookreviews - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:58 AM

    In his time here in Pittsburgh, Lastings showed he had grown up. At least compared to his earlier antics. And while he will probably never be the player a lot of people thought he would be, he’s certainly good enough to be a fourth outfielder for a dozen teams. I’m rooting for him, if only because he said all the right things once he hit rock bottom and had to earn his way onto the Pirates roster.

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