Konerko Open-Minded Entering Walk Year

Paul Konerko told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he's prepared to move on from the White Sox after the season and willing to listen if the team wants to discuss an extension.

"I've enjoyed my time here," Konerko said. "They might call tomorrow. They might call in the middle of the season. They might never call."

And Konerko is confident that talks won't distract him if his phone rings during the season. But if the White Sox don't call and he doesn't like the opportunities out there, he might not play at all in 2011.

"I wouldn't force something if it's not there," he said.

Konerko, who turns 34 in a week, hit .277/.353/.489 for the White Sox last year, with 28 homers. His defense is about average, according to UZR/150, so he has all-around value. That could distinguish him from players like former teammate Jermaine Dye, whose defensive shortcomings have cost him this winter.


32 Responses to Konerko Open-Minded Entering Walk Year Leave a Reply

  1. jwsox 5 years ago

    my guess is he walks, with vicedio in the minors getting more and more play time at 1st. And ozzie and kenny seemingly wanting to rid them selves of all that was 05. I could see him walk. And with them more than likely picking AJ over PK due to the left handed bat and being able to play behind the plate, probably 1st and Dh every few days. He fits into Ozzies plans for a rotating DH of the future. I would be sad to see him go becuase when he is on and fully healthy, he is right up there with the best 1st basemen in the game but due to recent injuries and the fact that every player gets old and goes down hill with age(unless your manny using roids up untill last year) i could see him walk…either way Chicago loves you PK you were awesome with us and it will be sad when you go.

    • the_show 5 years ago

      If he puts up similar numbers to last year I would guess we resign him, unless we somehow get our hands on Adrian Gonzalez.

    • the_show 5 years ago

      If he puts up similar numbers to last year I would guess we resign him, unless we somehow get our hands on Adrian Gonzalez.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      I bet the Nationals or Rays will jump.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      I bet the Nationals or Rays will jump.

  2. jwsox 5 years ago

    my guess is he walks, with vicedio in the minors getting more and more play time at 1st. And ozzie and kenny seemingly wanting to rid them selves of all that was 05. I could see him walk. And with them more than likely picking AJ over PK due to the left handed bat and being able to play behind the plate, probably 1st and Dh every few days. He fits into Ozzies plans for a rotating DH of the future. I would be sad to see him go becuase when he is on and fully healthy, he is right up there with the best 1st basemen in the game but due to recent injuries and the fact that every player gets old and goes down hill with age(unless your manny using roids up untill last year) i could see him walk…either way Chicago loves you PK you were awesome with us and it will be sad when you go.

  3. whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

    Everyone keeps talking about speed speed speed. But no offense to teams like the Rays or Marlins, who have plently of speed, it doesn’t necessarily always lead to more and more runs. I do not want a bunch of guys who hit only singles, but can steal bases. I want a mix of guys who can crush the ball too, even if they’re somewhat slower. Konerko is a great silent leader. If he does walk after this year, the white sox faithful will definitely remember all he has done. But with that said, this rotational DH crud and this whole general movement to “ozzie-ball” is way over-hyped. People said we won in ’05 because we played ozzie ball… they still hit 200 homeruns which is no small number. The second half of that season (let alone the post season) was more about power, than stolen bases.

  4. whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

    Everyone keeps talking about speed speed speed. But no offense to teams like the Rays or Marlins, who have plently of speed, it doesn’t necessarily always lead to more and more runs. I do not want a bunch of guys who hit only singles, but can steal bases. I want a mix of guys who can crush the ball too, even if they’re somewhat slower. Konerko is a great silent leader. If he does walk after this year, the white sox faithful will definitely remember all he has done. But with that said, this rotational DH crud and this whole general movement to “ozzie-ball” is way over-hyped. People said we won in ’05 because we played ozzie ball… they still hit 200 homeruns which is no small number. The second half of that season (let alone the post season) was more about power, than stolen bases.

  5. Konerko will definitely be here next season. He is the perfect candidate to be playing splitting his time between DH and 1B.

    He was literally to Solo HRs away from posting another 30HR 90 RBI season. You can easily point out that he had no protection towards the end of the year with Dye hitting .191 and Thome gone. There are your two HRs right there.

    Fans love him. The city loves him. The team loves him. He has said he wants to finish his career with the Sox. All this combined with all the 1B on the market Konerko will easily sign an extension.

    Kenny doesn’t want to go with Dayan V. without insurance both offensively and defensively. If they don’t trust Kotsay to be a starting player this year they won’t trust him for insurance next year. A lot does ride on this year, if Konerko posts .270/30/90 he will be back on an extension.

  6. Konerko will definitely be here next season. He is the perfect candidate to be playing splitting his time between DH and 1B.

    He was literally to Solo HRs away from posting another 30HR 90 RBI season. You can easily point out that he had no protection towards the end of the year with Dye hitting .191 and Thome gone. There are your two HRs right there.

    Fans love him. The city loves him. The team loves him. He has said he wants to finish his career with the Sox. All this combined with all the 1B on the market Konerko will easily sign an extension.

    Kenny doesn’t want to go with Dayan V. without insurance both offensively and defensively. If they don’t trust Kotsay to be a starting player this year they won’t trust him for insurance next year. A lot does ride on this year, if Konerko posts .270/30/90 he will be back on an extension.

  7. jwsox 5 years ago

    kotsay will not be back with the sox next season probably because of PK and Vicedio. this is of course assuming Kenny does not make a move at Adrian Gonzo. pk is a quiet beast…jones may or may not be back, i dont see why not he is a right handed more powerful kotsay and a ton cheaper due to the dodgers paying him 18 mill not to be on their team..

  8. jwsox 5 years ago

    kotsay will not be back with the sox next season probably because of PK and Vicedio. this is of course assuming Kenny does not make a move at Adrian Gonzo. pk is a quiet beast…jones may or may not be back, i dont see why not he is a right handed more powerful kotsay and a ton cheaper due to the dodgers paying him 18 mill not to be on their team..

  9. rockiesfan_303 5 years ago

    Staying with the Sox has to be his best option. Look at what happened to players of his type this winter. He will take a pay cut, but he should do it at the hometown rate, or risk a Johnny Damon situation.

  10. TwinsVet 5 years ago

    The real questions are “What kind of contract would it take to keep him?” and “Would Chicago be willing to offer said contract?”

  11. jwsox 5 years ago

    PK does not seem like the type that would NEEd a big deal he understands baseball as a game and a business. He knows he is aging and on the downward side of his career, plus he does not have boras so he wont demand a 3-4+ yr 8-12mill per season deal. He would be a great guy to go year to year with after this contract, and i think he would do that. He has always seemed like a team player( he said even though he has a full no trade he would lift it if it were to help the team)

    • billmelton 5 years ago

      I think KW brings back either AJ or PK but not both for next year. Of course, this will depend if he has sufficient confidence in Flowers and/or Viciedo to take over those roles or whether the Chisox do something else via trade.

  12. jwsox 5 years ago

    you can have all the speed table setter guys you want but you need guys to drive them in

  13. Assuming the White Sox don’t bring him back, the Braves could be an option for him next year if Glaus bombs and Freeman isn’t ready. Big “ifs” there of course.

  14. Anyone want to bring up Prince Fielder?

    • jwsox 5 years ago

      of course…but its the same as adrian gonzo. It would take a mind blowing trade to get either. I know there seem to be more and more articles out there saying the brewers should trade prince but i highly doubt they do it. Plus I feel it would take more to get fielder than andrian. considering the brewers have a little more money than the padres. I would say For Gonzo it would take Hudson or Torres+vicedo+danks or mitchel+ flowers

      for prince it would take a the very least…Hudson+Mitchell+Danks+Vicedo+flowers+money

  15. jwsox 5 years ago

    what does ozzie and the twins have to do with PK?….and about speed and defence? name me one fast firstbasemen….there isnt one…Firstbase is traditionally a power spot so i dont get where your going from.

  16. jwsox 5 years ago

    what does ozzie and the twins have to do with PK?….and about speed and defence? name me one fast firstbasemen….there isnt one…Firstbase is traditionally a power spot so i dont get where your going from.

  17. soxluv 5 years ago

    Please stop. Having a few slow guys in the lineup does not hurt your team. Especially when those are the guys that produce runs. It’s not Konerko’s fault that he’s one of the only guys in the lineup that can get on base so it seems like he’s “a problem” because he can’t go from 1st to 3rd. If the “table setters” would do their job and get on base he would knock them in just like 05 and 06. Don’t blame the one guy who actually does his job.

  18. soxluv 5 years ago

    Please stop. Having a few slow guys in the lineup does not hurt your team. Especially when those are the guys that produce runs. It’s not Konerko’s fault that he’s one of the only guys in the lineup that can get on base so it seems like he’s “a problem” because he can’t go from 1st to 3rd. If the “table setters” would do their job and get on base he would knock them in just like 05 and 06. Don’t blame the one guy who actually does his job.

  19. whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

    Mariners signed figgins, who is good defensively, but way more money than kenny wanted to spend.

    Red Sox signed Mike Cameron who is a .250 hitter (granted with above ave. deferense).

    Angles signed Matsui, not too fast anymore and not a defender anyone.

    Rays traded for Kelly Shoppach, what else have they really done this off season? They are fast yes, but that hasn’t given them sustained success.

    Kenny didn’t get any proven “table setters” because the only ones out there were Bay and Holliday (way too much to spend). Kenny may be reactionary sometimes, but his future insight has landed him Floyd, Danks, Peavy, Quentin, Flowers, Viciedo, Ramirez, Rios in the last few years… Kenny is always in a win-now mode. Lately he’s trying to do that while building a younger core group of players. And I am excited about that.

  20. soxluv 5 years ago

    Then rip Kenny for that – it’s not Konerko’s problem.

  21. the_show 5 years ago

    lol The twins, Some people on this board act like the Twins are the Yankees

  22. whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

    First off, I apologize for my mis-statement of table setters, I typed my response so quick and was thinking about something different.

    However, in my mind, true success comes from winning division champions (successively), league championships, and the world series.

    The Angels have won the west several times in the last decade, and have a ALCS and WS in 2002. Since, they just haven’t gotten it done (excuse the grammar).

    The Twins make me upset when fans say that they are so great. Have they won a bunch of central titles? Yes. But they haven’t won a post season game since 2004, and haven’t won a series since 2002, Gardy’s first year. I think he is a good manager, but not amazing like everyone thinks he is.

    The Rays have made the playoffs once. They won the AL, but don’t appear to be going back anytime soon, although they are in a tough division and have limited payroll.

    The Red Sox are a good team, but they have done it because they have a BALANCED team. Not just a bunch of great defenders or speedsters, but with power and pitching and depth.

    As for the M’s, right now they look great on paper. The white sox looked grreat on paper going into 2006… That year we won 90 games and finished in third place. So just because you’re good on paper, doens’t mean you’re going to play well, and even if you do, a team in your division can still finish ahead of you.

    As far as the “grinders”? I am sick of the term. “Grinders” have given us Aaron Rowand who will run into a poll without flinching, not too smart. It’s given us Erstad… no thanks. I’m sick of the term. I didn’t want figgins, he’s getting older and is NOT worth that kind of money for the next 4 years (imo).

    The white sox fans sing your “Na Na Na Na” when an opposing pitcher is yanked after giving up some homers or the lead, etc.

    Lastly, I don’t require my team to be good to be a fan. I’m just a fan. Having winning seasons just makes it special and memorable.

  23. soxluv 5 years ago

    The definition of grinder: white guy, can’t hit

  24. jwsox 5 years ago

    love it!

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