Just finished listening to Eddie Coleman on WFAN.
To paraphrase, he said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Mets thought long and hard about trading Lastings Milledge this off-season after his latest run-in with teammates.
If you haven’t heard, the kid mouthed off to a veteran this week in Atlanta and in retaliation, his clothes were stolen from his locker last night. Hung above his cubicle was a sign that read: "KNOW YOUR PLACE, ROOK!"
It was signed by "Your Teammates."
I admit, I was hoping Lastings would win the right-field job when Xavier Nady was dealt. He did not, and his .244 batting average and four home runs have been disappointing.
If you ask me, most of his infractions (the gold cross; high-fiving fans after a game-tying home run; defensive lapses) could be expected from a 21-year-old kid. Newsday, however, says that he is fast falling out of favor with his teammates. That’s a bit disturbing.
"Milledge, as usual, ate dinner alone seated at his locker, facing inward, as the rest of the Mets crowded the clubhouse cafeteria," the paper reported.
Look. I’ve got Lastings penciled in for left-field next season because he’s young, home-grown and oozing potential. I envision him joining a young core that already consists of David Wright, Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran.
But it’s not the end of the world if the team decides to move him this winter.
But for this kind of top prospect — no matter what kind of season he had in the bigs — it had better be for something big.