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The Chicago White Sox have not given up interest on retaining Paul Konerko for the 2014 season, despite the recent signing of Cuban first basemen Jose Abreu.
As reported by Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, the idea that Konerko, a free agent, would sign a new White Sox deal was put into question when Abreu was signed. If the White Sox bring back Konerko, it would be on a one-year deal, according to general manager Rich Hahn. That would suit Konerko, who has said he only wants to play one more season.
The problem with bringing back Konerko isn’t his lack of production. It’s the fact that Abreu, Adam Dunn and Konerko are all basically the same player, designated hitter/first base types. Figure out how to get all three players enough playing time to be productive is the major question. At the moment Hahn says he isn’t concerned with that dilemma.
“I’m not going to make proclamations about playing time or the roster on Oct. 29,” Hahn said. “We’ll see how things unfold over the offseason, and come Opening Day we’ll see who’s here, who’s not here, and how the [at-bats] need to be allocated.”
It appears that the decision as to whether or not Konerko comes back is his. If he does sign, the amount figures to be significantly less than the $13.5 million he earned in 2013.
After the deal with Abreu was made, Hahn had a brief conversation with Konerko.
“I kept it very general,” Hahn said about his most recent Konerko conversation. “I wanted him to have the information from me as opposed to from Twitter or a reporter calling. We confirmed that we’d get together next month.”
Konerko has played all but 75 of his 2,187 game with the White Sox. Last season he batted .244 with 12 home runs and 54 rbi’s. The six-time All-Star is a career .283 hitter with 427 home runs and 1,361 rbi’s.
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