There was talk heading into this season that veteran Paul Konerko could make 2013 his final season, but it sounds as though he's not ready to walk away from the game just yet. The first baseman/DH is telling friends that he definitely wants to return to the White Sox in 2014 and believes that he can still be productive, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter).
Konerko, 37, is in the midst of his worst offensive season since becoming a full-time major leaguer in 1999. In 440 plate appearances, Konerko has a .244/.314/.358 slash line with ten homers. No one would blame the veteran for moving on to something else after winning a World Series ring, being named to six All-Star teams, and earning upwards of $127MM over the course of his career, but he seems intent on signing a new contract with the White Sox after his current one expires this winter.
Recently, teammate Adam Dunn said that there was "zero chance" Konerko would retire. Ironically, we learned last night Dunn himself is at least thinking about retirement, even though he's owed $15MM next season.