Bryan Smith, of the Baseball Analysts, writes that with the Angels and Orioles willing to overpay for Konerko the Sox should consider passing and making a deal for Lyle Overbay.
Bryan makes a good case, citing Konerko's defense, limited skill set, and age, all as reasons to send him on his way. Perhaps more importantly, Smith doesn't cite what the Sox will look like in '08, and '09, when Jim Thome will be in his age 38-39 seasons and Konerko will be much less likely to be putting up 40 HR a year. For this reason, I agree that the Sox need to be proactive in looking for a Konerko replacement.
Where I disagree with Smith, however, is on the deal he presents for Overbay.
This is the situation the Sox are stuck with. Do they possibly mortgage their future by letting Konerko walk, and replacing his production by emptying the farm system? Or do they try to win it all again next year with Konerko and Thome back, both of whom figure to be albatrosses on the clubs payroll in just a few years? -- It's a tough decision, and one I'm happy that I'm not making.