With the busy hot stove day yesterday, the White Sox are getting in the news finally.
Sources: Konerko will return to #WhiteSox.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2013
While many suspected that Paul Konerko might not return after a .244/.313/.355 2013 season, Rosenthal reports that Konerko is going to sign a one year deal and accept a reduced role on the team. Despite Rick Hahn's statements at the Abreu press conference that the Sox were looking long-term, the return of Paul Konerko was guaranteed if he wanted to return.
With Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn also slated for the first base / DH spot, this could limit the options for the White Sox's bench next season. This obviously potentially effects the Sox ability to carry 12 pitchers, or to keep Marcus Semien, Leury Garcia, and Conor Gillaspie on the roster next season. This could also point to the departure of other players that seem more valuable to the Sox than Paul Konerko was last year.
Update: there's a dollar amount now.
1B Paul Konerko is returning to the @whitesox on a 1-year, $2.5 million deal with a portion deferred, a source confirms to @scottmerkin.— MLB (@MLB) December 4, 2013
Update: more on the deferred bits.
Paul Konerko to earn $2.5 million in '14, w/ $1 million deferred until 2021. Already had $1 million in deferred payments from 2014-20.— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) December 4, 2013