Lastings Milledge, Andy LaRoche Make New Teams

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 03: Andy LaRoche #21 of the Oakland Athletics hits a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning of the spring training game at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 3, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

A couple notes on former Pirates:

Lastings Milledge has made the White Sox, along with former Pirates prospect Brent Lillibridge. (Which makes me think there has to be the potential for a stupid poem, or a tongue-twister, in there somewhere. "Milledge throws to Lillibridge, but it's off by a smidge ..." Ok, I'll stop now.) Milledge hit .305/.425/.525 this spring. He'll be a backup.

Also, Andy LaRoche has won a job as utility infielder for the A's, which means he'll be playing some shortstop for them. Like Milledge, LaRoche destroyed the ball this spring, hitting. 333/.388/.583.

Of the two, it's much more surprising that LaRoche is still in the majors. Milledge did at least play like a major-leaguer last season - he was disappointing and often hard to watch on the field and on the basepaths, but he hit well enough. LaRoche just seemed destined for Class AAA oblivion. Good for him for avoiding that fate, at least for now.

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