Friday, November 30, 2007

A good move for Milledge

Sometimes a change in scenery is all a player needs for his career to take off, and Lastings Milledge received that Friday when the Mets traded the outfielder from Palmetto to the Nationals.

Stuck behind Carlos Beltran in New York, Milledge will have the opportunity play center field in Washington.

Plus, Milledge will be playing for a couple of key members of the Washington organization who really want him. They are general manager Jim Bowden and manager Manny Acta.

Acta and Milledge developed a relationship when Acta was with the Mets.

Bowden, the former Cincinnati GM, was impressed with Milledge ever since he saw him play for Lakewood Ranch High during Milledge’s senior season.

Bowden went as far as to call Milledge “a building block,” which is never a bad thing.

Milledge played in 115 games for the Mets over the past two years.

He’ll play a lot more that 115 games this season with the Nationals, and nothing helps a young player develop like regular work.

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