Konerko, coming off a career year where he bombed 39 home runs, wants $15 million annually, a price the White Sox are unwilling to pay as it would compromise their pursuit for bullpen help as Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times lays out.
The White Sox are attempting to sign Konerko to a pact worth $12 to $13 million annually. The 34-year-old made $12 million in 2010, so his camp is understandably not considering a price lower than $12 million and feel he deserves more than that.
Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski both backloaded their contracts in an attempt to get Konerko back to the South Side, but the budget constraints are so stark that nothing has been resolved yet.
Speaking of the bullpen, the ChiSox are bidding against the Yankees for Kerry Wood's services as FOX Sports' Ken Rosethal reveals. Wood would set up in New York and likely Chicago as well, but may be attracted to the White Sox due to the city where he made his mark with the Cubs and a chance at winning the closer's role.
UPDATE : Another team (Diamondbacks?) has made a multi-year offer to Paul Konerko, so this storyline is far from over. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says that it's unlikely Konerko agrees to a deal with any team Tuesday.
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