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Paul Konerko may not be fit for White Sox

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09:43 AM ET 11.09 | While respected by all and revered by many, including Jerry Reinsdorf -- the man to whom Paul Konerko handed that prized World Series ball at the Sox' championship parade in 2005 -- there are a few reasons why Konerko no longer might be a good fit. The Sox just signed another first baseman, Jose Abreu, to the richest contract in team history. They have a third designated-hitter/first-base type in Adam Dunn, who will be paid $15 million in 2014. And by hitting .244 with 12 home runs, 54 RBI and an OPS of .659, Konerko didn't resemble the hitter who produced like the career .281 hitter that he is. What's more, the Sox like how the Tampa Bay Rays are constructed, with interchangeable players at various positions, and they want to get younger and faster. While there are major-league scouts and one former manager of his who believe Konerko has value, a slow-footed 38-year-old (by next season) occupying a roster spot on a four-man bench -- unless the Sox go with 11 pitchers to expand it to five -- doesn't fit that vision.

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November 9, 2013  09:47 AM ET

He's certainly nearing the end of his career, but it would be a shame to see him play out the string in another uniform.

November 9, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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He's certainly nearing the end of his career, but it would be a shame to see him play out the string in another uniform.

I think Konerko said he'd only play for the White Sox or retire.

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November 9, 2013  03:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think Konerko said he'd only play for the White Sox or retire.

Did he retire last year? Because with the numbers he put up it didn't really look like he was playing for anyone...................time to hang 'em up Pauly Walnuts, you had a VERY good career and were (and still are) a class act.

November 9, 2013  04:40 PM ET
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Did he retire last year? Because with the numbers he put up it didn't really look like he was playing for anyone...................time to hang 'em up Pauly Walnuts, you had a VERY good career and were (and still are) a class act.

He showed up a couple of times.

 
November 9, 2013  06:01 PM ET

Good Guy, hope he makes it back, he deserves better!

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