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Paul Konerko wants to play another year

Sep 4, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

I would have bet a lot of money that Paul Konerko would hang it up after this year. His contract is up after the season. The White Sox are losing. He’s played terribly. It’s hard to see him bouncing back and becoming the player he used to be because, really, aging doesn’t work like that for ballplayers.  Yet:

 

I would presume the White Sox would welcome him back on some low money one-year deal given how popular he is with the fan base, given how few other options they have at the moment and given that, heck, they already owe him deferred money through 2020. But boy, it’s gonna be a rough 2014 if Konerko looks the same then as he does now.

  1. blackandbluedivision - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    After they let AJ go, nothing surprises me anymore. There was talk that he was placed on waivers. It could be it for him on the Southside.

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    • albertmn - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      The vast majority of players (especially for struggling teams) get placed on revocable waivers in August. It isn’t necessarily indicative of anything. Teams throw all of their players out there to either judge if there is interest or to at least make it less obvious which guys they are looking to trade. If you only put the guy you want to move on waivers, your intentions are obvious. If yo throw everyone out there, it isn’t as obvious, and you just pull them back if someone puts in a claim.

  2. riverace19 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Konerko will make a good manager someday I like his candid approach to the game

  3. hushbrother - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    A pet peeve of mine: people who pronounce his name Ko-NAIR-ko. It’s Ko-NERK-o.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    aging usually tends to be the down fall for all players. Unless you’re Barry bonds who hit his peek at the ripe age of 36.

  5. gmsingh - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Konerko will be just another White Sox great like Ozzie, Robin, and Big Frank who got let go before being ready to retire. Theo Epstein’s bogus plan for the Cubs will open the flood gates for other teams to be crappy while they are “evaluating talent.” The White Sox will start looking like a minor league team too starting next year. Maybe Konerko will get lucky like Soriano and go to a team that has some interest in winning ball games. Baseball has really become a sorry sport.

  6. Eternal Optimist - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I love watching Paulie play. He never seems to give up, even when he’s hurting. If he comes back, I’ll still be rooting for him. Class act.

  7. bigpimp69 - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    PK is an all-timer, he is true gentleman (unfortunately) stuck playing in the steroid era.

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