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Paul Konerko | Designated Hitter

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/5/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Making just his second start of the season, Paul Konerko went 0-for-4 on Thursday, leaving him 1-for-13.
With Adam Dunn and Jose Abreu off to such nice starts, the White Sox haven't found much for Konerko to do yet. Fortunately, that seems to be OK with him, though he'd surely prefer to better capitalize on what chances he does get. Apr 17 - 11:58 PM

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Paul Konerko went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run as the White Sox defeated the Mariners 7-6 on Monday.

Konerko took Blake Beavan deep in the sixth inning, ultimately chasing the right-hander out of the game. It is the veteran's first blast of the spring. He also singled for good measure and his spring average is up to .256. The 38-year-old, entering his final season, posted a lackluster .669 OPS last season.
Mar 24 - 6:48 PM

Paul Konerko went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in a losing effort against the Rangers on Sunday.

The 38-year-old slugger will be a part-time player for the White Sox this season as he embarks on his farewell tour around Major League Baseball. Unless injury strikes to Adam Dunn or Jose Abreu, he's probably best left to those in AL-only formats.
Mar 16 - 10:07 PM

Paul Konerko was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to stomach issues.

He'll be fine in a day or two. Mike McDade is playing in Konerko's place Sunday.
Mar 2 - 11:19 AM

White Sox re-signed 1B/DH Paul Konerko to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Konerko will receive $1.5 million in 2014 while another $1 million will be deferred to 2021. The 37-year-old is expected to serve as Jose Abreu's backup at first base while seeing some time at DH against left-handers. However, he likely won't get enough at-bats to be relevant in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Scott Merkin of reports that Paul Konerko will get a one-year, $2.5 million deal to return to the White Sox.

A portion of his salary will be deferred. The White Sox are expected to make an official announcement at some point on Wednesday. Konerko will take on a diminished role in what will likely be his final season.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 10:37:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears from sources that Paul Konerko will return to the White Sox next season.

No word yet on the terms, but it will almost certainly be a one-year deal. The White Sox signed Jose Abreu earlier this offseason, but Konerko has expressed a willingness to accept a reduced role to finish his career on a high note. Adam Dunn is the primary DH, so it could be tough for him to get regular at-bats in 2014. Konerko, who turns 38 in March, batted .244/.313/.355 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI over 126 games this past season.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 09:39:00 AM

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday that he expects Paul Konerko to make a decision on their offer prior to the Winter Meetings.

The White Sox have offered Konerko a chance to return in a backup role at a reduced salary, but Hahn indicated Tuesday that he's not sure the first baseman would accept such a role. "I don’t think Paulie wants to play just to be on the bench or a farewell tour," Hahn said. "That’s not him." If he doesn't take the White Sox' offer, the 38-year-old could seek a regular job elsewhere or simply retire.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 07:41:00 PM

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf told WSCR-AM 670 on Saturday that he isn't sure whether Paul Konerko plans to continue his playing career.

"I have no idea," said Reinsdorf. "It’s truly Paul’s option. He has earned the right to come back if he wants to come back. He’s been the most popular player over the last 15 years that we’ve had. … He’s basically a White Sox lifer. He’s a terrific teammate. He’s our captain and he just has to make a decision whether he wants to come back or not." If Konerko returns, he will have to accept a part-time role at a reduced salary. He turns 38 in March.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:24:00 AM

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn indicated Tuesday that Paul Konerko has been offered a contract to return in 2014.

If he does come back, it would be in a reduced role likely at a pretty modest salary, as the White Sox have Jose Abreu at first base and Adam Dunn at DH. Konerko could get a starting job elsewhere, but he'll need to weigh that versus playing for his preferred team. It's also possible that he could wind up retiring. "It’s a matter of everyone’s comfort level and him getting convinced that that’s what he wants to do," Hahn said. "... We had a real good open and honest conversation about where his mind is at and his hopes for going forward, and a good talk about the club and our hopes for moving forward. At this time, he’s still going through his process of deliberating about what he wants to do next year."
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 06:22:00 PM

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday that he hasn't ruled out bringing back Paul Konerko.

The White Sox remained in touch with Konerko during the process of signing Abreu, so it's possible that he could still have a role with the club. The 37-year-old has already said that if he returns for 2014, it will be his final season in the big leagues.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 12:29:00 PM

Paul Konerko will take a month to decided whether he'll return for the 2014 season or retire.

If he does return, the 2014 campaign will be his last. Konerko indicated that he would be OK with a reserve role, but only if it was with the White Sox. ‘‘The only thing I can say on that would be the only place I could do that would be here because my family likes it here, my kids love it here, it’s a great place to be in the summer,’’ Konerko said.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 09:31:00 AM

Paul Konerko said Friday that if he does come back in 2014, it will be his final season.

Konerko still hasn't made up his mind about whether he'll play next season and White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Friday that a decision might not come for a couple of weeks. The 37-year-old is willing to consider a part-time role with the club.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 05:55:00 PM

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Friday that the club will meet with Paul Konerko in two weeks to discuss his future.

Previous reports indicated that Konerko could come to some sort of decision this weekend, but he apparently wants to hear the team's plan for the future before making it final. For what it's worth, Hahn said they plan to spend money to acquire an impact free agent this winter.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 04:33:00 PM

Paul Konerko (knee) is back in the White Sox' lineup Thursday.

Konerko sat out Wednesday after fouling a ball off his knee during Tuesday's contest. The veteran first baseman returns to a .248/.317/.355 batting line with 11 homers and 53 RBI.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 07:16:00 PM

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C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Gordon Beckham
2Marcus Semien
3Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Conor Gillaspie
2Jeff Keppinger
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Dayan Viciedo
CF1Adam Eaton
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Jordan Danks
DH1Adam Dunn
2Paul Konerko
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2John Danks
3Jose Quintana
4Erik Johnson
5Felipe Paulino
6Andre Rienzo
Relief Pitcher
R1Matt Lindstrom
2Nate Jones
3Ronald Belisario
4Scott Downs
5Daniel Webb
6Zach Putnam
7Maikel Cleto
8Jacob Petricka