The Chicago White Sox and first baseman Paul Konerko have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.5 million contract for what will likely be the first baseman's last season in the major leagues.
Konerko, 37, was the 13th overall pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1994 draft. After being traded to the Cincinnati Reds four years later, and being flipped again four months later, Paul Konerko finally found his home in the Windy City, with the White Sox. In his 15-year tenure there, Konerko was invited to six All Star Games and finished in the MVP voting five times. Over his White Sox career, Konerko hit .288/.359/.495 in 2,187 games. He is a member of the 2,000 hit club and the 400 home run club all while being a fan-favorite in Chicago.
Konerko may have decided to give it one last go after the White Sox disappointing season last season. The "Sox" went 63-99, and finished last in the American League Central division. Maybe he thought that he could play better. Konerko hit .244/.315/.355 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI. Whatever the case, Konerko will be back for at least one more season with the Chicago White Sox.