The Chicago White Sox placed first baseman Paul Konerko on waivers on Tuesday, becoming the second team to place their first baseman on revocable waivers, becoming the second team to do so after the Twins places Justin Morneau on waivers earlier.
Konerko, who averages 31 homers over 162 games, has not performed very well this season, only hitting nine bombs. The White Sox's horrific season is partly because of the performace of Konerko, whose WAR is -2.5 this season, but they cannot blame it all on the first baseman.
In my opinion, Konerko isn't as much of an upgrade, as say Morneau, even due to his track record. He is in the final year of his contract, in which he has a three slash line of .243/.306/.359, and an OPS of .664. But, that still is a disappointment compared to his 2012 season, in which he had an OPS of .857. This season's OPS is a career low for Konerko for every season that he played at least 100 games.
Defensively, Konerko has a .997 fielding percentage in 41 games at first base. He has spent 46 games at DH.
Konerko becomes a free agent at the end of the season.