Konerko inks deal to stay on the South Side

Updated: December 4, 2013

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Paul Konerko will remain on the South Side
for at least one more season after agreeing to a one-year $2.5 million deal
with the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Under terms of his previous contract, signed in December 2010, the six-time
All Star is set to receive $1 million annually from 2014-20.

“Paul Konerko has been an extremely important member of our lineup and
presence in our clubhouse since his arrival in Chicago,” White Sox senior vice
president and general manager Rick Hahn said. “Paul needed time this fall to
step away, think about his situation, and reach his own conclusions. We are
very pleased that he has decided to come back for another season.”

The 37-year-old Konerko, who has spent 15 of his 17 MLB seasons with the White
Sox, hit .244 with 12 homers and 54 RBI in 126 games last year.

“I’m looking forward to coming back in a new role where I can help both the
organization and my teammates get turned around in the right direction and
also do some productive things on the field,” Konerko said.

Konerko’s 434 career home runs rank fifth among active players. He ranks
second in White Sox history in home runs (427), RBI (1,361), total bases
(3,944) and games played (2,187). He needs five total bases and 21 homers to
tie the franchise records held by Frank Thomas.