The Yakult Swallows have finally announced the acquisition of outfielder Lastings Milledge. Milledge gets a salary of JPY 45m (about $570k at today’s rate) plus performance bonuses, and a club option for a second year. He’ll wear number 85 for the Birds.
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Clearly Lastings wore out his welcome wherever he went, but I'm not sure he should have been blackballed from American ball the way that he was.
He was essentially a replacement-level outfielder, and could have easily made a career as depth or as a fourth outfielder.
Instead, he'll spend his prime in Japan. I won't be surprised if he has some monster seasons (similar to Matt Murton, whose exile was, and still is, preposterous).