Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle agrees, saying he believes catcher A.J. Pierzynski, a free agent along with Konerko, is a better bet to return.
"My feeling -- just my feeling -- is I think A.J. has a better chance of coming back than Konerko," Buehrle told ChicagoBreakingSports.com . "I just think in talking to Konerko and hearing some of the stuff he says, I don't know what the deal is going to be with other teams offering him money. If it's going to be a better situation for him and his family, I just have a feeling that A.J. has a better chance of coming back."
Obviously, Buehrle isn't part of a front office so isn't the right person to speak definitively on the subject, but what he says about hearing Konerko on the subject means that Buehrle has heard Konerko waffle on the subject and hint at a departure more than once -- and perhaps more definitively behind the scenes. Konerko has said that he could envision leaving for another team even if the other team offers him less money than Chicago.
However, as ESPNChicago.com reports, the bond Konerko has with owner Jerry Reinsdorf may be too much to overcome.
Konerko is expected to allow Reinsdorf the ability to match any other offer he gets, and the White Sox feel Konerko will be honest and tell them the real terms, the price not having been privately jacked up by Konerko and his advisers.
GM Kenny Williams had nothing but good things to say on Konerko.
"If at the end of the day, even if we are the ones who choose him and he doesn't choose us, you will never hear out of anyone in the White Sox halls a disrespectful word about Paul Konerko because he is that good of a player but also that classy of a man," Williams said.-- Evan Brunell
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