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White Sox open to re-signing Paul Konerko, but lack at-bats

Oct 29, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

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They signed Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million contract and Adam Dunn is still around as a should-be designated hitter, but the White Sox haven’t closed the door on re-signing free agent Paul Konerko.

Konerko is pondering retirement following a horrible age-37 season in which he hit just .244 with 12 homers and a .669 OPS in 126 games, but general manager Rick Hahn told Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago that he’s slated to meet with Konerko next month and indicated that he’d welcome him back in a part-time role assuming the price tag was low enough.

Perhaps a Dunn-Konerko platoon at designated hitter, where Konerko starts versus most left-handed pitchers would work, but realistically that might only lead to 200 at-bats and do the White Sox really want to devote a roster spot to a part-time DH?

  1. ezthinking - Oct 29, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    “[D]o the White Sox really want to devote a roster spot to a part-time DH?”

    Cleveland and the Rockies both have with Giambi

    • bh192012 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      He’d be a full time gritty veteran though with clubhouse presence! It’s like the baseball version of a cheerleader.

      • chitownmatt - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        Part time DH and part time COACH.

        After axing Ozzie a few years ago, Williams said he seriously considered offering Konerko a job of player/manager.

  2. junglerat524 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Yes. They do.

  3. jerze2387 - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Put dunn in LF (cant be worse than viciedo..), Viciedo back at 3B (cant be worse than miggy defensively…) resign konerko for 1B, and that resolves that black hole at 3B and gives a respectable lineup. Detroit got pretty far with suspect defnse (miggy at 3b, Peralta in the OF for a while after he was a SS..), and a lineup with Viciedo, konerko, Abreu, Dunn has a lot of power

    • ezthinking - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:00 AM

      Hahahahaha!!!!! That was a joke, right?

    • jwbiii - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      The problem with this line of reasoning is that Conor Gillaspie hit a little better than Konerko did last season and showed a bit more power. I’m not saying that Gillaspie hit well, just better than Konerko. At 25, there’s a chance he will improve. Your suggestions downgrade both the offense and the defense.

      • jwbiii - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:07 AM

        Also, Gillaspie is a lefty in a lineup that leans to the right.

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