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14 Paul Konerko 1B
Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 3/5/1976 | Birthplace: Providence, RI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 18 | Salary: $12,501,506 | Owned/Started%: 3/1 | Average Draft Position: 262.62
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Trio of White Sox make 2014 starting debut Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) The White Sox placed designated hitter Paul Konerko, outfielder Dayan Viciedo and catcher Adrian Nieto in the starting lineup Saturday for the first time this season.

The right-handed batters have been included to combat Royals southpaw starter Bruce Chen.


Paul Konerko chooses to not start Monday's opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) White Sox first baseman/DH Paul Konerko will not be in the starting lineup Monday against the Twins. It will be the first time since 1998 that Konerko has not been in the team's starting lineup.

Konerko was offered the chance to start, but he talked manager Robin Ventura out of the idea since Konerko felt it was best for the team he should not start, according to ESPN.


Paul Konerko scratched with stomach issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko has been scratched from Sunday's game due to a stomach issue, according to MLB.com.

He'll be replaced in the lineup by Mike McDade. Konerko will likely rest for a few days, but should return to action. He's expected to be a part-time designated hitter with the club this season.

Konerko hit .244/.313/.355 in 467 at-bats last year.


Paul Konerko embracing new role with White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Veteran Paul Konerko sees himself as a mentor for young players as much as he does a player, according to CSNChicago.com.

Konerko has lost his starting job with the White Sox to Cuban signee Jose Abreu and will likely serve as designated hitter only against left-handed pitching with Adam Dunn in the lineup against righties. But Konerko claims he is OK with that.

"Four years from now, if this team is a good team year in and year out ... to know I had a hand in that to help some of these guys along that will make me feel good when I'm playing golf somewhere," he said.


Paul Konerko confirms this is it


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2014) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko confirmed this will be his final season, according to FoxSports.com.

Konerko said his wife "laid down the law," and this will be his final season. The 37-year-old will take on a limited role during his last year in the majors. Konerko hit .244 in 467 at-bats last season.


Terms of Paul Konerko's deal now known


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/4/2013) MLB.com reports that Paul Konerko's one-year deal with the White Sox will be for $2.5 million. A portion of his salary will be deferred.

Initial reports of Konerko reaching an agreement to return to the White Sox surfaced Wednesday morning.


Paul Konerko to return to White Sox


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/4/2013) FOXSports.com reports that first baseman Paul Konerko will re-sign with the White Sox. The 37-year-old was contemplating retirement, but he will return for a 16th season in Chicago.

At a minimum, Konerko will lose playing time, as the White Sox signed first baseman Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million deal this offseason.


Paul Konerko to make decision before Winter Meetings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko will tell the team whether he'll return prior to the start of the Winter Meetings, according to ESPN Chicago.

Konerko has been contemplating retirement, and has yet to make a decision about his future. If he decides to come back, the White Sox will find a spot for him on their roster. The team brought in first baseman Jose Abreu during the offseason, and already employ Adam Dunn, so there might be a roster crunch if Konerko returns. The 37-year-old hit .244/.313/.355 in 467 at-bats. 


Paul Konerko likely to make decision before winter meetings


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/20/2013) ESPN.com reports that the White Sox expect free agent first baseman Paul Konerko to decide whether he will play for them in 2014 before the beginning of the annual winter meetings on Dec. 9. General manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura met with Konerko earlier this month to offer him a spot on the team's roster.

Konerko has stated previously if he returns to play for the White Sox or another team, it will be for only one more season.


White Sox unsure if Paul Konerko will return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2013) The White Sox are still unsure if first baseman Paul Konerko will return, according to Comcast Sportsnet. 

The team has said Konerko is welcome back, and will have a role if he chooses to return. Team owner Jerry Reinsdorf told a Chicago radio station he has no idea if Konerko will play in 2014. 

"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."

It's unclear what Konerko's role would be if he comes back. The club signed Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu during the offseason, and already have Adam Dunn slotted at designated hitter. Konerko said in September that he would be willing to return in a part-time role, but only with the White Sox.


Paul Konerko met with White Sox last week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) Free-agent first baseman Paul Konerko met with White Sox general manager Rick Hahn last week, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Hahn is still waiting for Konerko to decide whether he wants to return for another season. The White Sox would likely try to work out a deal with the 37-year-old, even though they signed Jose Abreu in the offseason. Konerko hit .244/.313/.355 in 467 at-bats.


Paul Konerko, Gavin Floyd hit the market


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to first baseman Paul Konerko, who is a possiblity to return even with the signing of Cuban defector Jose Dariel Abreu, White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd has filed for free agency.

White Sox could still bring back Paul Konerko


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Even with Jose Abreu in the fold, the White Sox could still bring back Paul Konerko, according to ESPN.

General manager Rick Hahn said the team has remained in contact with Konerko through the Abreu signing, and added that there was still a role for the veteran. Konerko still hasn't decided whether he will play a 16th season. He hit .244/.313/.355 in 467 at-bats. 


Paul Konerko not sure what his future holds


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said he was unsure about his status with the team after they signed Cuban Jose Abreu, according to the Chicago Tribune

Konerko was expected to take some time to think about whether he would return for a 16th season. He said he would meet with the club to discuss a potential role with Abreu in the fold. Konerko added that he's stayed away from baseball since the season ended, and added that he still hasn't made a decision on whether he'll return. 

Konerko hit .244/.313/.355 in 467 at-bats. 


Paul Konerko to take a month to decide on 2014 status


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is expected to weigh his options for a month before deciding on whether or not to return for the 2014 season, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

"You come in, you have a way you want to work and a vision of how the season is going to go," Konerko told the Sun-Times Friday. "Pretty much all of that was destroyed as the season went [down] piece by piece. But one of the things I did want to do, no matter how the season was going to turn out, was to go home after it and take a month off and get away from it. I didn’t know what I’d be getting away from, but that was definitely something I wanted to do."

Konerko would be willing to fill a reserve role next season if he returns, but only with the White Sox. He has hit .245/.314/.356 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 466 at-bats.


Paul Konerko goes yard in return


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who fouled a pitch off his right knee Tuesday and missed Wednesday's game, returned to action Thursday night against the Royals.

Konerko made his impact with a solo home run in the second inning. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 3-2 defeat. He is hitting .248/.316/.361 in 460 at-bats.

Paul Konerko out due to knee issue


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko fouled a pitch off his right knee Tuesday and missed Wednesday's game due to the ailment, MLB.com reports. 

"It's kind of embarrassing fouling a ball off of your back knee," said a smiling Konerko. "You know, that's something you don't want to do. Your front leg is always in play. But your back leg, not too happy about that. That hurts more than the actual pain."

Konerko said he expects to play in one of Chicago's final four games at home over the weekend against the Royals. 

"It will be fine," Konerko said. "I'll get back out there, I'm sure. It's not something I'm going to have to attend to or anything after we are done."


Paul Konerko still deciding whether he wants to play next year


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is undecided on whether he'll play next season, according to ESPN.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Konerko was thinking about coming back for another season. Konerko, however, said he wants to take more time to think about the decision. Konerko is expected to address his career at some point during the team's final homestand, but has hinted that he won't make his final decision until the offseason. 

Konerko has hit .248/.317/.356 in 452 at-bats during an injury-riddled year.


Paul Konerko has double in loss to Baltimore


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko recorded two hits Saturday during a 4-3 extra-inning loss at Baltimore. Batting fourth in the order, Konerko hit his 16th double.

Konerko drove in a run in the game and has 47 RBI on the year to go with his .248 batting average after the 2-for-4 effort.

The 37-year-old has gone 4 for 6 in his last two appearances. In fact, he's hit in seven of his last 10 games as he looks to get hot down the stretch for the White Sox.

Paul Konerko wants to return next season


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko has been suggesting that he wants to return next season, the USA Today reports. He wants to return to the White Sox and believes he can still be productive. 

The 37-year-old Konerko is batting .244 this season with 10 homers and 46 RBI over 394 at-bats. That said, he's gone 10 for 29 (.345) over his last eight games with a homer and four runs batted in. 


Paul Konerko returns to the lineup


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is back in the lineup Friday after missing Thursday's game with light-headedness, the club announced. Konerko is back at first base for the 48th time this season.

Paul Konerko scratched with light-headedness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was scratched from Thursday's game with light-headedness, a team official told reporters. Konerko felt fine after getting out of the humidity and into the clubhouse, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Paul Konerko scratched from lineup Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was a late scratch from his team's starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals. The team didn't give a reason for the change, but Konerko has been icing his right shoulder in recent days, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Konerko has played 17 of his team's 20 games in August, hitting .213/.306/.361 with two home runs and seven RBI in 61 at-bats.


Paul Konerko unlikely to retire according to Adam Dunn


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is unlikely to retire after the season according to teammate Adam Dunn, ESPN reports.

Konerko is having by far the worst season of his 15-year White Sox career, as he owns just a .241/.308/.354 line in 353 at-bats. At 37 years old and a free agent at the end of the season, there has been speculation he would opt to retire given his futile performance this year. However, Dunn said on a radio show with ESPN's Jim Bowden there is "zero chance" the first baseman retires after the season. It's unclear if the White Sox will have interest in re-signing the long-time veteran.


Paul Konerko gets 'spa day'


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Detroit, MLB.com reports.

The White Sox are playing a day game following a night game on Wednesaday and as such manager Robin Ventura will give Konerko a chance to rest. "Guys at that age get a little tighter a day game after a night game. Let him have a little spa day," Ventura said. Look for him to return to the lineup Thursday against Minnesota.