Former Pirates outfielder Lastings Milledge is again playing baseball in Pennsylvania, as he’s signed on with the independent Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League. He’s now 31. Ever wondered what Lastings Milledge is up to? Well, here’s your answer.
Milledge, of course, was a top prospect with the Mets, and was still pretty highly regarded when the Pirates acquired him with Joel Hanrahan for Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett in 2009. He spent a frustrating year and a half in the Pirates’ outfield, during which he seemed to try hard but struggled defensively and didn’t do enough with the bat. The Bucs non-tendered him, then signed on with the White Sox.
That didn’t last long, and Milledge headed Japan’s Yakult Swallows in 2012. He had a good first full year there, then mostly struggled in parts of three more seasons after signing a $4.4 million deal. As far as I can tell, he didn’t play anywhere last season.
Now he’ll attempt to revive his career in Lancaster, as many former big-leaguers do. Last year’s Barnstormers featured guys like Mike Jacobs, Matt Reynolds, Logan Schafer, Caleb Gindl, Andrew Albers and former Pirate teammate Evan Meek, so he’ll be in somewhat familiar company.