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DirtySox
02-03-2011, 12:02 PM
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jonmorosi (http://twitter.com/#%21/jonmorosi) Jon Morosi
#WhiteSox (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23WhiteSox) sign Lastings Milledge to minor-league deal, per team release. Major-league invite. #Chicago (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23Chicago) #MLB (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23MLB) #Mets (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23Mets) #Nats (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23Nats) #Pirates (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23Pirates)
1 minute ago (http://twitter.com/#%21/jonmorosi/status/33223327258513409)

Used to be a hot **** prospect but never really figured it out. Still plenty of tools there, but he is injury-prone and has some off the field baggage.



*Edit: Mods please add an "s" to the end of "Lasting" in the topic title. Gracias.*

delben91
02-03-2011, 12:03 PM
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jonmorosi (http://twitter.com/#%21/jonmorosi) Jon Morosi



#WhiteSox (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23WhiteSox) sign Lastings Milledge to minor-league deal, per team release. Major-league invite. #Chicago (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23Chicago) #MLB (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23MLB) #Mets (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23Mets) #Nats (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23Nats) #Pirates (http://twitter.com/#%21/search?q=%23Pirates)

1 minute ago (http://twitter.com/#%21/jonmorosi/status/33223327258513409)

Fighting with De Aza for the spare OF spot?

dagame2005
02-03-2011, 12:09 PM
I don't think you can really knock this signing. No risk, high reward.

Sargeant79
02-03-2011, 12:10 PM
I really like this. He is exceptionally talented but has never put it together (primarily due to his own issues). If he sucks, cut him and we haven't lost anything. But if he comes into Spring Training and produces while keeping his head out of his ass, he might prove to be a really good pickup.

DirtySox
02-03-2011, 12:12 PM
I don't think you can really knock this signing. No risk, high reward.

Indeed. Some people won't like the baggage though. Wikipedia has a decent run-down of his exploits.

thomas35forever
02-03-2011, 12:12 PM
Uh, woo-hoo?:unsure:

CHISOXFAN13
02-03-2011, 12:15 PM
Uh, woo-hoo?:unsure:

Big De Aza fan huh?

DirtySox
02-03-2011, 12:16 PM
Recently:

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/12/13/lastings-milledge-got-into-a-big-fight-while-playing-winter-ball/

JermaineDye05
02-03-2011, 12:27 PM
Kenny always gets his guy.

I imagine he'll compete with DeAza and Lilli for that 4th OF spot.

aryzner
02-03-2011, 12:31 PM
I like this signing. The potential reward is there, let's hope the Sox can find it.

spawn
02-03-2011, 12:41 PM
Coop'll fix him!!!


Oh, wait...

CPditka
02-03-2011, 12:41 PM
LOVE this move.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Chicago-White-Sox-reach-minor-league-agreement-with-OF-Lastings-Milledge-020211

soltrain21
02-03-2011, 12:44 PM
Dude is a total *******, but alright if he makes the team and does well.

guillensdisciple
02-03-2011, 12:44 PM
Well, no hope here, but if he comes out somehow we might have shored up our outfield.

Marqhead
02-03-2011, 12:48 PM
Great signing, good for depth if nothing else.

Corlose 15
02-03-2011, 01:00 PM
Recently:

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/12/13/lastings-milledge-got-into-a-big-fight-while-playing-winter-ball/

Milledge has his baggage to be sure but to me it doesn't seem like he did much to start that fight.

DirtySox
02-03-2011, 01:01 PM
Milledge has his baggage to be sure but to me it doesn't seem like he did much to start that fight.

The video doesn't capture everything in its entirety, so who knows?

Over By There
02-03-2011, 01:03 PM
Just read his Wikipedia. Unless there are things that aren't included there, his history isn't really that bad, he just sounds immature. Maybe being non-tendered by the miserable Pirates will wake him up a bit. Seems like a good low-risk, high-reward signing.

mccoydp
02-03-2011, 01:05 PM
I remember watching him at numerous Norfolk Tides games about 5-6 years ago. The Tides fans thought he was going to be "the next big thing". Let's hope he can finally live up to his potential in the Sox organization.

Moses_Scurry
02-03-2011, 01:08 PM
Just read his Wikipedia. Unless there are things that aren't included there, his history isn't really that bad, he just sounds immature. Maybe being non-tendered by the miserable Pirates will wake him up a bit. Seems like a good low-risk, high-reward signing.

Yeah, the worst stuff they list happened when he was in high school.

Chez
02-03-2011, 01:38 PM
KW loves to collect first round draft picks, doesn't he? Add Milledge to Rios, Quentin, Teahen, Konerko, Beckham, Sale, Santos, Danks, Floyd, Thornton and Humber.

Lip Man 1
02-03-2011, 01:41 PM
Kid still has a boatload of talent, very good speed. I like the move...if he pans out, could be a steal. Hell the guy had 21 doubles last season and not a ton of at bats.

Lip

DirtySox
02-03-2011, 01:49 PM
Kid still has a boatload of talent, very good speed. I like the move...if he pans out, could be a steal. Hell the guy had 21 doubles last season and not a ton of at bats.

Lip

He also hits LHP rather nicely. The bat could be a solid addition, but his defense isn't regarded well at all.

SoxNation05
02-03-2011, 01:55 PM
He also hits LHP rather nicely. The bat could be a solid addition, but his defense isn't regarded well at all.

He is going to lead off a lot against lefties. I see him being a strictly outfoeld version of Ozuna in '05 with a little more pop.

Chez
02-03-2011, 02:10 PM
He is going to lead off a lot against lefties. I see him being a strictly outfoeld version of Ozuna in '05 with a little more pop.

Juan Pierre hits LHP better than he hits RHP.

cws05champ
02-03-2011, 02:22 PM
Nice signing...Milledge hit .320 with a .920 OPS last year against LHP in 125 AB's. Could be a good guy off the bench provided there's no attitude left in him.

russ99
02-03-2011, 02:30 PM
I really like this signing.

This is another guy that's been rumored to be on Kenny's radar, and he always gets his man.

This opens up quite a good competition between Milledge, DeAza and Lillibridge for the last spot on the bench.

KRS1
02-03-2011, 02:46 PM
I know there are the chemistry issues that keep arising with the kid, but maybe Ozzie is the type of manager he needs. Lord knows a team could do a hell of a lot worse for a fourth OF than a toolsy .270 .330 .400 kid with upside. It will be interesting to see him and De Aza battle it out and who knows, maybe we keep five OF's and let Teahan and Vizquel own the backup IF roles?

pythons007
02-03-2011, 02:53 PM
Wasn't Milledge projected to be a 20/20?

Carolina Kenny
02-03-2011, 03:12 PM
Another KW stroke of genius.

The youngest free agent left this year.

We just traded Andrew Jones for Lastings Millidge.

Daver
02-03-2011, 03:21 PM
Wasn't Milledge projected to be a 20/20?

Joe Borchard was projected to be the next Mickey Mantle.

TaylorStSox
02-03-2011, 03:48 PM
Joe Borchard was projected to be the next Mickey Mantle.

God. I would have bet the house on it too. He is still my all time favorite prospect. Back to reality... Love this signing. This is a nice move by KW. If he has a good year, we have an in house replacement for Pierre in the future. I still believe speed kills.

NLaloosh
02-03-2011, 04:06 PM
Nice move!

One last thing and the team is set - trade Teahen for a swingman, a righty that can be a decent 5th starter and then move the pen for middle relief!

Foulke You
02-03-2011, 04:18 PM
I like this move. If anything, we get a speedy outfielder to replace Quentin in the 9th inning like Andruw Jones did for us last year. As a previous poster mentioned, it also gives us a possible leadoff option for next season if we don't sign Pierre. It's also nice to have some outfield depth if someone gets hurt during the season.

As far as Milledge's baggage, KW has been on record many times as saying he likes to give second chances and give them a chance to start over with a clean slate. He did it with AJ, Carl Everett, Bobby Jenks, and a few others. Who knows? Maybe Ozzie is the right manager for him. Very low risk signing by the Sox. This could be one of those "sleeper" signings that really help the team.

MtGrnwdSoxFan
02-03-2011, 05:41 PM
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm117/mtgrnwdstar913/DoWantWhatever.jpg

If he can not stir up a hornet's nest, I think I can get behind this move.

Tragg
02-03-2011, 06:06 PM
No risk, high reward.
I'll agree with the first part.

kittle42
02-03-2011, 06:16 PM
Joe Borchard was projected to be the next Mickey Mantle.

He didn't drink enough.

VMSNS
02-03-2011, 06:28 PM
Low risk, high reward player who was down-and-out and has something to prove. Prototypical Kenny Williams signing.

I don't know much about him, although I remember reading not too long ago that the guy is a massive scumbag.

Who knows. The clubhouse could use a few more "colorful" characters.

KMcMahon817
02-03-2011, 08:24 PM
Count me in the "Love the move" section. The dude can rake when he's at his best, and if he's not, he gone.

StillMissOzzie
02-03-2011, 09:21 PM
Consider me a +1 on the "low risk, high reward" bandwagon. I remember when this guy was a red-hot prospect, but his ego and excess baggage got in the way. Maybe the Sox brass can get through to this guy where others have failed.

SMO
:gulp:

TomBradley72
02-03-2011, 09:24 PM
Only 25 y.o- plenty of time to mature/turn it around.

KW and Ozzie have a good track record with signings like this and not taking any **** from headcases.

soxinem1
02-03-2011, 11:19 PM
Only 25 y.o- plenty of time to mature/turn it around.

KW and Ozzie have a good track record with signings like this and not taking any **** from headcases.

Maybe Ozzie's approach will have an ever-Lastings impression on him...

Dub25
02-03-2011, 11:50 PM
He will help Charlotte compete for a title. Good move KW. :gulp:

BNLSox
02-04-2011, 12:04 AM
Maybe Ozzie's approach will have an ever-Lastings impression on him...

It's late enough at night that I found this incredibly funny... Well played sir!

Nellie_Fox
02-04-2011, 12:15 AM
...massive scumbag..."colorful" characters.Not the same thing. At all.

DrCrawdad
02-04-2011, 06:59 AM
Maybe Ozzie's approach will have an ever-Lastings impression on him...

http://ui08.gamespot.com/711/thrimshot_4.gif (http://www.ilovewavs.com/Effects/Music/Sound%20Effect%20-%20Rimshot.wav)

parlaycard
02-04-2011, 07:18 AM
I don't think you can really knock this signing. No risk, high reward.



I think you meant low risk, little reward.

You are not getting Josh Hamilton here.

The little reward would be Mark Kotsay without the glove and more pop in his bat.

cws05champ
02-04-2011, 07:19 AM
Maybe Ozzie's approach will have an ever-Lastings impression on him...

It's late enough at night that I found this incredibly funny... Well played sir!

It's early enough in the light of day, and I did not.:tongue:

doublem23
02-04-2011, 08:37 AM
Get ready, Charlotte Police Department!

Red Barchetta
02-04-2011, 08:45 AM
He's a local kid who has had numerous stories in the local papers. Obviously good (Mets debut) and bad (Rap song, release, release, release).

It's a shame because many good baseball players with good heads and values would have given anything to have that kind of raw athletic talent.

I don't see any risk with the SOX. If he straightens out his personal life and puts the focus where it needs to be, perhaps he can still make it in MLB.

BringHomeDaBacon
02-04-2011, 11:47 AM
As a low percentage base stealer, he's a perfect fit for Ozzieball.

JB98
02-04-2011, 12:18 PM
I don't expect anything, but if he sucks, the Sox will cut him and move on. No harm in giving him a chance. Maybe he'll be motivated. He's probably down to his last kick at the can in pro ball.

chisox77
02-04-2011, 09:33 PM
This is one of those deals that could end up being something big, but you really cannot count on it either. It's up to Milledge, and it could very well be his last chance to make it. If he wakes up and realizes this, the White Sox could benefit greatly, due to his talent.

SOX ADDICT '73
02-04-2011, 10:34 PM
When Milledge was in the Mets' system, they were trying to make a trade for some big-name player (can't remember who), and he was the linchpin to the deal. The Mets wouldn't part with him, and the trade fizzled.

Are there any comparisons here to Delmon Young, who was the same sort of "can't-miss" prospect for the Rays before revealing himself to be a headcase? A change of scenery later, and Young's been pretty solid, bordering on good, for the Twins.

JermaineDye05
02-04-2011, 11:17 PM
When Milledge was in the Mets' system, they were trying to make a trade for some big-name player (can't remember who), and he was the linchpin to the deal. The Mets wouldn't part with him, and the trade fizzled.

Are there any comparisons here to Delmon Young, who was the same sort of "can't-miss" prospect for the Rays before revealing himself to be a headcase? A change of scenery later, and Young's been pretty solid, bordering on good, for the Twins.

Difference being that Young was halfway decent with the Rays, and was merely underachieving. Also it took one change of scenery for him to turn the corner.

I'm not saying that Milledge can't do it, I'm just saying the two aren't really that comparable.

DumpJerry
02-04-2011, 11:32 PM
Difference being that Young was halfway decent with the Rays, and was merely underachieving. Also it took one change of scenery for him to turn the corner.

I'm not saying that Milledge can't do it, I'm just saying the two aren't really that comparable.
Not saying you're wrong, but Young's change of scenery was to a contender and Milledge's was to a complete pretender. This could account for Young's sudden maturity. He wanted a post season bonus.

BringHomeDaBacon
02-05-2011, 09:00 AM
The comments about Delmon Young could not be more incorrect. He was good with TB and was not "underachieving". At 21 he played in all 162 games and hit .288 while driving in 93. I don't know how that would make him a headcase or show that he needed "a change of scenery". He was simply traded away for other valuable pieces (Jason Bartlett and Matt Garza). He's only 24 and has a .292 career AVG with 675 career hits already and an average of 16 HR and 92 RBI per 162 games. His breakout year came at 24 which is perfectly reasonable. Other than the fact that they're both black outfielders in their mid-twenties, there is no comparison whatsoever between Milledge and Young.

fox23
02-05-2011, 09:16 AM
The comments about Delmon Young could not be more incorrect. He was good with TB and was not "underachieving". At 21 he played in all 162 games and hit .288 while driving in 93. I don't know how that would make him a headcase or show that he needed "a change of scenery". He was simply traded away for other valuable pieces (Jason Bartlett and Matt Garza). He's only 24 and has a .292 career AVG with 675 career hits already and an average of 16 HR and 92 RBI per 162 games. His breakout year came at 24 which is perfectly reasonable. Other than the fact that they're both black outfielders in their mid-twenties, there is no comparison whatsoever between Milledge and Young.

Both also have the letter "g" in their last names. You forgot that.

Taliesinrk
02-05-2011, 11:47 AM
Both also have the letter "g" in their last names. You forgot that.

:thumbsup:

Chez
02-05-2011, 02:25 PM
I guess I'll jump on the "low risk/high reward' bandwagon, but the Sox 4th OF should be strong defensively (to replace Quentin in late innings). Everything I've read about Millidge suggests he's not all that great in the outfield.

102605
02-05-2011, 03:28 PM
http://milledgefacts.blogspot.com/

johnnyg83
02-05-2011, 08:17 PM
Still looking for the funny one in those 100 reasons.

soxinem1
02-05-2011, 09:29 PM
Get ready, Charlotte Police Department!

Why, did the White Sox acquire Milton Bradley too?

SOX ADDICT '73
02-05-2011, 09:42 PM
Still looking for the funny one in those 100 reasons.
A hundred? You gave up way too early! I scrolled all the way down (couldn't handle reading past the first dozen), and there's over 700 entries of that drivel.

tick53
02-06-2011, 11:49 AM
I think if he get's his act together, this could be one of the all-time steals by Kenny plus Ozzie will set him straight. Like Tim McGraw would say, "I Like It. I Love It". :smile:

doublem23
02-06-2011, 01:19 PM
Why, did the White Sox acquire Milton Bradley too?

Uh.. no.

KMcMahon817
02-06-2011, 10:56 PM
Uh.. no.

His joke was almost as bad as yours.

soxfanreggie
02-07-2011, 07:22 PM
A minor league deal hurts essentially nothing if he doesn't pan out. Hopefully. He turns things around and adds tremendous value to the Sox for years to come.

palehozenychicty
02-08-2011, 08:17 AM
Maybe he'll wake up, maybe he won't.