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Paul Konerko is returning to the White Sox

Dec 4, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

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Paul Konerko pondered retirement following the worst season of his career, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 37-year-old will return to the White Sox for another go-around.

Konerko hit just .244 with 12 homers and a .669 OPS in 126 games this year and the White Sox signed Cuban slugger Jose Abreu to a $68 million deal to be their new first baseman, with Adam Dunn still around at designated hitter.

In other words it’s unclear how much playing time will be available for Konerko, although at the very least a platoon with Dunn in which he draws most of the starts versus left-handed pitching seems to make sense.

General manager Rick Hahn has made it clear all offseason that the White Sox wanted Konerko back in some capacity if he chose to continue playing, so they were simply waiting on him to make a decision.

UPDATE: Scott Merkin of MLB.com says it’s a one-year, $2.5 million deal with some of the money deferred. Konerko hasn’t been paid less than $12 million in a season since 2005 and last earned less than $2.5 million in 2001.

  1. straightouttavtown - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Easy solution: move Dunn to outfield and Viciedo to 3B

    • karlkolchak - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Dunn in the OUTFIELD? You CANNOT be serious!

    • jerze2387 - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Ive been saying the same thing. Thatd be a lot of thunder in the lineup, and Dunn in the OF couldnt be any worse than end of his career barry bonds was (and keep in mind viciedo isnt exactly the greatest of outfielders. The defensive difference would be minimal)

      • karlkolchak - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Dunn’s last year in the OF, with the Nats in 2009, his dWAR was -5.2, giving him a -0.4 overall WAR for a guy who hit 38 dingers and had an OBP of .398. Bond’s last year, he had only a -1.5 dWAR.

        Dunn was also five years younger when he put up those awful numbers. I can’t imagine how big a disaster he’d be out there now.

  2. historiophiliac - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Old man Konerko/ain’t no use in listenin’/for his tired footsteps/climbing up the stairs…

  3. jerze2387 - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    My guess is he plays out the year, ends up managing the team next year.

  4. jb8588 - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    How are they certain Abreu is MLB ready too? If anything, if Abreu looks like he needs some adjusting he can start in the minors and Konerko can buy him some development time if need be.

    • straightouttavtown - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      With the sort of money they’re paying Abreu, he better be ready.

  5. esracerx46 - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Just keeping Konerko long enough to stay in the clubhouse until Robin is canned?

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