Tag:Paul Konerko
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 2:20 pm

Konerko wants $15 million, ChiSox won't pay it

Konerko The White Sox and Paul Konerko are working hard to have the slugger return to town, but so far there is a divide on annual salary between the two camps.

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.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:29 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:52 am

First base market dwindling

Carlos Pena The Toronto Blue Jays are making a rush at Carlos Pena, ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes tweets .

The Jays wouldn't want to be left out in the musical chairs of the first base market.  Assuming the White Sox lock up Paul Konerko, the Jays, along with the Diamondbacks, Cubs and Nationals all need first basemen, with Pena the prettiest girl at the ball.

What does it say that a guy who hit .196 is the best option left? Well, it says Adam LaRoche, Russell Branyan and Lyle Overbay are the next-best options.

In searching for first basemen, many teams are calling the Reds about Yonder Alonso, Yahoo!'s Tim Brown writes . However, with Joey Votto three years from free agency and a reluctance to sign long-term, the Reds are reluctant to move their No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft.

UPDATE: As for Alonso, here's what Reds general manager Walt Jocketty had to say to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon : "I think right now, Yonder is a guy that still figures in the organization," Jocketty said. "It gives us protection. He believes that he's working this winter to come in and compete for a spot on the bench next year to play some first and left field and be a left-handed hitter off the bench."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:46 am
Edited on: December 6, 2010 10:49 am

Diamondbacks want Konerko, but is it too late?

Konerko The Diamondbacks are making a push for Paul Konerko, but it may be too late.

Konerko is prepared to meet with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf to speak about coming back to the club on Monday even as he talks to the Diamondbacks, as SI.com 's Jon Heyman relays.

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf has already stepped in and hauled A.J. Pierzynski back to town, so his magic with Konerko -- whom he is close with -- can't be discounted. Both Pierzynski and new White Sox Adam Dunn agreed to backload their deals to convince Konerko to come back to town and both sides are already close to an agreement that would pay the slugger around $13 million annually, as SI.com's Jon Heyman writes.

However, GM Kevin Towers of the Diamondbacks has had discussions about importing the Scottsdale, Ariz. native, FOX Sports reports.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf says of Konerko, "He belongs in Chicago," FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi tweets . I'm assuming he means with the White Sox, not the Cubs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 2:24 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 3:26 pm

Konerko, White Sox close

Paul Konerko Jon Heyman of SI.com 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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Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:11 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 6:33 pm

White Sox add Dunn, still want Konerko

Adam Dunn Not only have the White Sox signed Adam Dunn, they're also close to re-signing Paul Konerko, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports (via Twitter ).

Dunn's deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow, pending the physical. According to Dave van Dyke of the Chicago Tribune , the deal is worth four years and $56 million.

According to Cowley, the White Sox were late on Victor Martinez before calling the Brewers about Prince Fielder and then when that appeared unlikely, moved to Dunn.

While it seemed unlikely the White Sox could have both Dunn and Konerko, it seems they want to do just that. That would necessitate Dunn serving as a designated hitter, something he hasn't wanted to do in the past, but it does help the team's offense.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : If the White Sox want to bring back Konerko, they may have competition from their crosstown rivals. SI.com's Jon Heyman hears that the Cubs are in on Konerko to fill their first-base game.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: In a confernece call, when asked if the White Sox had enough money to sign both Dunn and Konerko, general manager Kenny Williams said, "Not only do we have room, but it would be the ideal from our perspective." (Chicago Tribune )

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 5:04 pm

Orioles pursuing Paul Konerko

Konerko The Orioles have heavy interest in Paul Konerko, as Jim Bowden of MLB Network radio tweets , saying that Baltimore has made an offer to Konerko.

SI.com 's Jon Heyman backs up Bowden, saying the O's have heavy interest in Konerko but as an acquaintance told Heyman, "He's not going to go to Baltimore."

This makes sense for two reasons.

First, the Orioles have long struggled to attract free agents to the club, with Baltimore never being a serious consideration for those who command big dollars. This has to do with Baltimore's years of being a non-factor, no results despite a brimming young team and the competition in the AL East.

There's one other thing harming them when it comes to Konerko, however: it's farther from Chicago than Arizona, where he makes his off-season home. Konerko is either going to the White Sox or a team closer to Arizona, by all indications. Money won't be a problem as he would pull in a pretty penny no matter where he goes.

The O's will just have to find someone else to give the money to.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:22 pm

Hot Stove League profile: Paul Konerko

Hot Stove League Through Nov. 26, CBS Sports' MLB Facts and Rumors will be profiling both free agents and trade candidates who will help stoke the fires of the Hot Stove League. Today: free agent Paul Konerko.

Paul Konerko had a career year in 2010, which has put him in line for a lucrative, multi-year deal that figures to be the last one as Konerko will be 35 on Opening Day.

Just 35 home runs away from 400 in his career, returning to the White Sox would likely assure him of reaching that milestone thanks to the cozy confines of US Cellular Field. In addition, it would allow him to finish his career with the White Sox, as he has put in 12 years with the team, all as starter. He split his first two years from 1997-98 with the Dodgers and Reds.

Despite the White Sox wanting him back and Konerko's tight relationship with owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Konerko seems open to the prospect of leaving. He has been quoted as saying he may take less money elsewhere to play as opposed to returning to Chicago. As he ages, being closer to home (Arizona) increases in importance, which is factoring into his decisions.

Konerko STATS

2010: .312/.393/.584 in 631 plate appearances, 39 HR, 111 RBI

Career: .280/.356/.498 in 7,524 PA, 365 HR, 1,156 RBI


Konerko is going to command at least two years and could even end up with three before all is said and done. Any two year deal will have to include a club option for three as Aubrey Huff's deal with the Giants does.

Given Huff had a slightly worse season and is just a year younger, his two-year, $22 million deal is going to serve as the litmus test for Konerko. He'll probably seek two years and $28 million, or three and $34 million.


The White Sox remain the most likely landing spot for Konerko. The club has no prospect knocking on the door at first base. Chicago may yet want to keep trying Dayan Viciedo at third and keep Brent Morel down on the farm. Barring that, the DH position remains open. Given Konerko is arguably the best bat left on the market for 2011 purposes, the White Sox can ill afford to let him walk.

However, the Rangers may have something to say about that. They were in on Victor Martinez and want to add another slugger to the team, with both first and DH available.

The Diamondbacks could be a fit given the proximity to his home location, but Brandon Allen is ready for prime time and Kevin Towers may not want to invest in an aging slugger without the fallback of the DH spot.

Other teams nearby Konerko include the Dodgers and Angels. The Angels thought they had Konerko locked up to a deal after the 2005 season, but he ended up rejoining the ChiSox. He could be a fit at DH.

The Dodgers, however, may be motivated to shell out for Konerko having seemingly given up on James Loney at first base and missing out on Aubrey Huff.


Konerko flirts with other teams, but ultimately decides to remain on the South Side.

Jason Bartlett | Adrian Beltre | Carl Crawford | Adam Dunn | Prince Fielder | Paul Konerko | Cliff Lee | Victor Martinez (SIGNED) | Dan Uggla (TRADED) | Rafael Soriano | Justin Upton | Jayson Werth

-- Evan Brunell

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