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Former top prospect Lastings Milledge signs with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows

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GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 11: Lastings Milledge #5 of the Chicago White Sox plays against Chicago Cubs during the spring training baseball game at Camelback Ranch on March 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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According to a Sanspo report via Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League have announced the signing of outfielder Lastings Milledge.

Former Athletics and Tigers farmhand Scot Drucker actually spoiled the news earlier this month, but the signing is now official.

Milledge will earn around $570,000 next season while his contract includes a club option for 2013.

It wasn’t too long ago that Milledge was considered a top prospect in the Mets’ organization, but his stock has plummeted in recent years. He actually made the White Sox Opening Day roster this past season, but was quickly designated for assignment in early-April and spent the rest of the year at the Triple-A level after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old has a .269/.328/.395 batting line and .723 OPS over 1,659 plate appearances in the majors.