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White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

Posted on: December 8, 2010 10:52 am
Edited on: December 8, 2010 12:11 pm

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It didn't carry the drama of Derek Jeter's talks with the Yankees, but in his own way, Paul Konerko has similar meaning to the White Sox. And now that will continue: Konerko and the White Sox have agreed to terms, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

It is a three-year deal worth $37.5 million. Konerko will be paid $12 million in 2011, another $12 million in 2012 and $13.5 million in 2013, though only $6.5 million is in straight salary in '13, with the rest deferred at $1 million a year over the next seven years.

If the Adam Dunn deal fleetingly looked like it could spell the end for Konerko in Chicago, who has been a fixture at first base on the South Side since 1999, the White Sox made sure to communicate to him nearly as soon as the four-year, $56 million deal with Dunn was done that they wanted him back.

"When I talk about Paul Konerko, I first have to talk about the first-class person he is," White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said. "Believe me, that factors into our equation when we make a commitmentof this nature.

"One thing Craig Landis [Konerko's agent] and I talk about all the time is the type of guy he is not just on the field, but in the clubhouse, on the team bus, in the hotel.

"This is certainly about talent, but the message to young players out there is if you conduct yourself in this type of manner, something like this could happen."

Though talks briefly turned rocky Tuesday, it has been considered a fait accompli that Konerko would return to Chicago. He is one of owner Jerry Reinsdorf's favorite players, and he's been a cornerstone of the franchise for more than a decade.

"Paul Konerko has good teammates," Williams said. "One thing that helped us get this done was Adam Dunn caring more about winning than about getting the last dollar this year. He was more than accommodating in moving some of his money to the back of his deal. A.J. Pierzynski did the same thing."

Konerko had talked with a handful of other clubs, including the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers.
The D-backs were hoping that the fact that Konerko lives in Scottsdale might sway him in their direction.

"I think he would have looked awfully funny in another uniform at this point," Williams said.

At 34, Konerko is coming off of his strongest season in years in 2010. An All-Star for the fourth time, Konerko slammed 39 home runs and collected 111 RBI in '10, his best power numbers since 2005-2006. He also hit .312 with a .393 on-base percentage. He was fourth in the AL with a .977 OPS and finished fifth in this year's AL MVP balloting.

Konerko and Dunn are both expected to see time at first base and designated hitter.

As for the White Sox, Williams says they're about "tapped out" money-wise. He intends to add bullpen help, but that likely will be via trades.

"We'll take a look at a third left-handed situational guy," said Williams, who already has lefties Matt Thornton and Chris Sale in the pen. "Someone who can get Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer [of the Twins] out."


Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 7:28 pm

White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

Great to see Paulie stay in Chicago!   ..and no whining about the negotiating process like a certain, overpaid SS.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 7:05 pm

White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

Lineup: LF Pierre, 2B Beckham, CF Rios, 1B Konerko, DH Dunn, RF Teahen, SS Ramirez, 3B Morel, C Pierzynski

Hair, I like that lineup. I really hope that Quentin gets traded. He sucks in the clutch.  How many times last year did we have men on base and Mr. Automatic Strikeout/GIDP Andruw Jones comes up and does what he does best and then Quentin comes up and whiffs???  Hopefully we can find someone out of town stupid that thinks this guy is still decent. 

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:53 pm

White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

This is a great sighning for the White Sox. More so than Dunn. But what a 3,4,5 lineup! Plenty of Home runs in this lineup. And williams is right about needing bullpen help. Not much in the market.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:48 pm

White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

Oh and welcome back Paulie, us Sox fans are a happy bunch...glad we avoided an unnecessary divorce.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:47 pm

White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

There going to trade Quentin for cheap bullpen help, Ozzie's had it with him...
Lineup: LF Pierre, 2B Beckham, CF Rios, 1B Konerko, DH Dunn, RF Teahen, SS Ramirez, 3B Morel, C Pierzynski

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:39 pm

White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

Quentin is the X-factor here. We're going to have a nice 3-4-5 punch with Konerko-Dunn-Rios. If Quentin can turn back to the player he was in '08, that's a really nice middle of our lineup.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:47 pm

White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

overboard, while I agree with most of your comments, especially with Peavy's rehab needing to go well, I will disagree with the statement that Peavy wasn't pitching well when he went down, he was pitching extremely well in June (5GS,  ERA 1.75, 29K 8BB).  So let's hope he comes back and picks up where he left off.  If the starting staff can live up to their expectations I think the sox are in great shape.

The Manny comment posted earlier I assume is drenched in sarcasm.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:30 pm

White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

The only saving grace is it is a 1 year deal.  But it really pains me to see the Sox get Konerko for 12 mil on a somewhat short term 3 year deal, and the Cards get Berkman on a one year deal for 8 mil and we spend 10 for Pena????  Sure he has some HRs, but you can rent a way better player for less, I would think.  A .240 lifetime hitter with Sosa-like strikeout totals and about 25-30HRs a game?  That sounds like a down year for Soriano, not something we want to reward with 10 mil.  Hendry has made some nice moves in his tenure (Aramis, Dempster, Lee) but the bad is far outweighing the good at this point. 

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:29 pm

White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

Never doubted that he would return, but this is a good move by the White Sox anyways. Adam Dunn can't possibly be your everyday solution at first. But Dunn will complement Konerko well as the two alternate between DH and 1B.

All things being equal (notably, a repeat performance by Alex Rios next season) the White Sox will again have the offense necessary to contend in the AL Central. The biggest differences won't be made at the plate, but rather on the mound. The bullpen is part of it, but the middle of the rotation is critical. John Danks and Gavin Floyd need to have great offseasons so they can start off strong next spring. Those are two young guys with a lot of talent, and the White Sox need them both to take the next steps. You already know what Buerhle can give you.

Jake Peavy's rehab needs to go well. He needs time to rediscover his form from the San Diego days. When he went down last season he wasn't pitching that great. The AL might be a harder league, but at the end of the day guys can make adjustments on their own to fix things. He'll need time to figure things out; he won't just walk in and dominate from day one, whenever that is. It will help Chicago a little bit if Minnesota ends up losing Carl Pavano, but I'm sure they'll find a way to replace those innings. And the Tigers won't help at all because they've improved.

Since: May 18, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:58 pm

White Sox wrap up Konerko deal

I am so glad to see him back in a Sox uniform and at a very reasonable price. I think if Kenny gets the right deal that Quinten is expendable but boy would I love to see him hit like 2008 again, but it seems that even when he is healthy he is a head case and can't seem to get out of his own way mentally. Sox need to get some Bullpen help and we will be ready to go.

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