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White Sox hoping to re-sign slugger Paul Konerko

Sep 12, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

Paul Konerko, an impending free agent, is lighting up scoreboards all over the majors this season. He boasts a .322/.399/.598 batting line over 497 at-bats with 36 home runs and 104 RBI. Make no mistake, the White Sox want him in their lineup for

Paul Konerko, an impending free agent, is lighting up scoreboards all over the majors this season.  He boasts a .322/.399/.598 batting line over 497 at-bats with 36 home runs and 104 RBI. 

Make no mistake, the White Sox want him in their lineup for the 2011 season and beyond.  But will they buck up and shell out the kind of contract that it’s going to take to bring him back?  General manager Kenny Williams spoke with MLB.com’s Scott Merkin about the matter on Sunday.

“I would love to have him retire as a White Sox,” said Williams. “That’s pretty much all I’m going to say on it, because I don’t know
what the future holds.  I don’t know how we are going
to finish. We are driven by the revenue stream that comes in. People might not like it but it is what it is.”

That’s general-manager-speak, which translated means that Williams and Co. are going to do their best to bring Konerko back but understand that many other teams will be looking for a reliable power bat.  The 34-year-old Konerko should have plenty of suitors this winter.

  1. Mrsteve - Sep 12, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Twins. Please sign this guy!

  2. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Sep 12, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    To do what?!
    Morneau has first base locked down and either Kubel or Thome or some combination of the two have the DH spot locked down going forward. Unless Konerko is going to learn to play 2B or 3B (and with Valencia in the fold, that’s not a real option anymore either) he doesn’t serve a lot of purpose.

  3. walk - Sep 12, 2010 at 7:40 PM

    Didnt paulie start out at third?

  4. Mrsteve - Sep 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    To replace Morneau

  5. Reflex - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    Brilliant. Nothing like replacing a in his prime MVP caliber first basemen with a 34 year old who’s best years are behind him. I’m sure the Sox would love to make that swap.

  6. TMW - Sep 13, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Revenue stream for the White Sox? Give me a break. This team draws just over 27k per game (17th in MLB) yet somehow manages a 9 figure payroll (7th in MLB) and still has the ability to pay Manny Ramirez over $4mm for one month of work. I realize being on WGN helps revenue, but it still doesn’t make sense. Either Reinsdorf doesn’t mind losing money on this team or he’s using Bulls revenue for White Sox payroll.

  7. Mrsteve - Sep 13, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    you mean the mvp candidate who’s career is in jeopardy & has missed the last 2 months of the season 2 yrs in a row.
    or he could replace cuddy or kubel

  8. TMW - Sep 13, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Mrsteve, or they spend money on something other than a 1st baseman on the wrong side of 30 looking for a huge, long payday.

  9. Mrsteve - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    the twins spend money?
    they need someone who has power

  10. Reflex - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    How many years of power does Konerko have left? His past few seasons were middling for a first baseman, this year has been an exception to what appeared to be a decline phase. I’m not a huge believer in the ‘contract year’ phenomenon, but I will say that this season appears to be an outlier. Do you think the Twins, who really don’t have a need at first base given other options, should spend big money on a guy’s career year who is on the wrong side of 30, or perhaps should look to finding a third baseman, which they have yet to find since Koskie retired?
    Given that they have multiple options at first even if Morneau retired(my money says Cuddyer could be 90% of Konerko for a lot less money) put the money at third where they still have no solution. If you think Valencia is a ‘solution’ then you haven’t paid much attention to his minor league record and how empty his hitting has been.
    Sign a powerful third baseman. Hope that Morneau recovers, but feel free to make up for him with Cuddyer and that nice shiny new 3B. Re-sign Thome. Job done.

  11. Mrsteve - Sep 13, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    He could play third. Thome needs to stay on the part time schedule for his back it seems. I am also afraid about Morneau maybe needing to retire. The guy has a good bat for a 1 yr deal.
    Why are you hung up on long term?

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