The Chicago White Sox tweeted that they signed Lastings Milledge to a minor-league contract today which includes an invite to spring training. He's looking to replace Andruw Jones as the Sox fourth OFer.
Milledge is a low risk acquisition by Chitown. As tweeted by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, his deal is for $500K if he makes the 25-man with no incentives.
Pittsburgh picked him up in 2009 along with Joel Hanrahan in exchange for Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett. The former first-round pick put up a slash line of .277/4/34 in 379 at-bats for the Bucs in 2010, and wasn't offered arbitration by the Pirates this year, making him a free agent.
He did do several things right in Pittsburgh, but his erratic OF play, lack of discipline on the bases and at the plate (6% BB rate lifetime) along with his inability to go yard wrote him out of the Buccos' future plans. The Matt Diaz/Garrett Jones duo in right offer more defensive stability and a lot more pop and run production than LM could ever project to muster.
His career line over five seasons and three teams is .269/33/167 in 1,655 plate appearances with a .328 OBP.