White Sox: Open to Konerko return

Feb. 26, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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GLENDALE, Ariz., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Chicago White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams said Friday he is open to bringing back slugging veteran first baseman Paul Konerko.

Williams said Thursday at the White Sox spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., he is willing to entertaining talks with Konerko's agent about keeping the 33-year-old with the club after his five-year, $60 million contract expires at the end of this season, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The newspaper said Williams indicated many factors would go into his decision on whether to offer Konerko a new contract -- including the development of minor league first base prospect Dayan Viciedo -- and asserted he's not necessarily intent on dumping veterans, even with the departures of older White Sox players such as Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye.

Still, he told the Tribune, "Not everyone finishes his career here."

Konerko is entering his 12th year with Chicago, coming off a season where he batted .277, slugged 28 homers and drove in 88 runs.

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