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Konerko, White Sox close

Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:24 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 3:26 pm
Paul Konerko Jon Heyman of reports via Twitter that a face-to-face meeting between Paul Konerko and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is the only remaining formaility in the first baseman re-signing to stay on the South Side.

It's purportedly going to be worth $13 million per season. After wrapping up a four-year, $56 million deal for Adam Dunn earlier in the week, that adds up to a heavy commitment to heavy hitters by the White Sox. Konerko's return also means Dunn will spend a lot of time as the designated hitter, which is not his preference, but he can just cry himself to sleep on a giant mattress stuffed with money.

Konerko, 34, has played 12 years in Chicago, and is coming off a resurgent season in which he batted .312/.393/.584 with 39 homers and 111 RBI. His .977 OPS was the highest of his career. The Diamondbacks, Orioles and Cubs were reported as having varying levels of interest in him.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 9:44 pm

Konerko, White Sox close

Konerko only hits in contract years?  Really?  30+ home runs in 5 of the past 7 seasons and  100+ rbis in 5 of the past 7 seasons.  You do realize Konerko hasn't played on a series of one year deals since 2003, right?


If you're going to post like you're some sort of expert, please do your homework.

Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 8:13 pm

Konerko, White Sox close

Kudos to Kenny & Jerry on getting this deal done.  Keeping the clubnouse leader in tact and also adding a character guy like Dunn is huge.  Still don't understand why Morel is penciled in as the starting third baseman.  Omar was nothing short of awesome when he filled in last year.  Plus I believe his impact on Alexi will propel him to the the AL Gold Glove this season (although he deserved it last year).  Our rotation will be sick (especially if they move Sale into a starter's role). The only thing we need to do is shore up is our bullpen now that Putz has signed with Arizona. Although Santos has closer's stuff, he is still a couple of years away from being able to fulfill that role.  Thorton is the premier left-handed set up man in the entire league but I don't like him as a closer.  Great job Kenny, but don't think I have turned the page on these Winter Meetings because just yet; I still see a trade or two coming. Kenny at the Winter Meetings is a like a gambling addict in Vegas.  He cannot just stand pat.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:43 pm

Konerko, White Sox close

Ignateous, are you smoking dope?  "Leaps and bounds faster and more athletic than the Sox..."  Last season the Sox had nearly 100 more SBs than the Twins, Dunn taking over last yrs DH by commitee isn't going to bring the team speed down too much.  So the Sox will hit more HRs and steal more bases.  It will interesting to see who comes out on top of the Central.

Also, why is the Sox BP going to be bad?   It's just like saying the Twins are going to be injured.  You don't one even knows who's going to be in the BP.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:35 pm

Konerko, White Sox close

I agree...though most teams do.  There were 4 teams in MLB that did not K 1000X last yr and the White Sox were one of them.  So I would say adding Dunn adds more Ks but I bet the number of runs scored and OBP will increase.

Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:30 pm

Konerko, White Sox close

That lineup will K about 1000x this season

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:49 am

Konerko, White Sox close

Ignateous, how will replacing Kotsay/Jones with Dunn slow the Sox down any more? You realize this will only affect the DH/1B slots, correct? How many steals did Morneau and Cuddyer have last year? I don't understand how anyone can criticize this move, it makes the Sox a much better team.


Someone pleae tell me how this lineup is worse than last year? Sounds like sour grapes to me. Should be another fun year in the AL Central.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:48 am

Konerko, White Sox close

Yes, but you know eventually Morneau will get injured, you never know what your going to get from the japanese imports, casilla taking over for Hudson, Mauer usually is on the DL at some point, Nathan coming off an injury, losing Crain and Guerrier...I just see them a little weaker then last year.  If I wasnt from Toronto I would be a Twins fan so Im not biased, they have supported most of the Canadian players over they years.  I just think the Sox line-up and there starting pitching will be sick, there bullpen is a bit of an issue, but Sale and Santos are nice pieces.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:40 am

Konerko, White Sox close


What injuries to the Twins lineup are you speaking of?  With Justin Morneau back in the lineup, the Twins offense will be even better than it was in 2010; which was top 5 in MLB.  Not only Morneau, but they also added defending Japanese league batting champion Tsuyoshi Nishioka to play short or 2B.  Believe me, the Twins lineup is their overwhelming strength.  They obviously won't hit as many homers as Chicago, but they are leaps and bounds (literally) faster and more athletic than the Sox; who will completely live and die by the homerun.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:21 am

Konerko, White Sox close

Good for Paulie, nice to see he isnt chasing the dough and realize that the White Sox line-up, with him in it, is scary, that along with there starting pitching, they look like the favourite in the central....Tigers have a good line-up but not much pitching, Twins have pretty good pitching, but injuries to there line-up will hurt them.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:19 am

Konerko, White Sox close

The White Sox have always been a softball team because they live and die by the long ball.  Never more will that be true than in 2011.  1 year ago Ozzie insisted on on a speedier and more athletic lineup.  I guess that went out the window.  The Sox will hit a lot of homers, but their defense will be abysmal and their bullpen won't be very good either.  If Paulie or Dunn gets hurt, they're toast.

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