Free Agent Paul Konerko May Return To White Sox

The 34-year-old Paul Konerko timed his career-best season well. After mashing 39 home runs and posting a .977 OPS with the White Sox in 2010, Konerko entered the market as a free agent, looking to score one more big contract.

Already, he's drawn some interest from the Diamondbacks, and there have been reports that the Orioles have offered Konerko a very significant deal. Additionally, there's been speculation that both the Rangers and Red Sox could get involved as they each search for another bat.

However, the Diamondbacks have apparently dropped out so they can focus on a shorter-term option, the Orioles aren't appealing, and the White Sox would love to have Konerko back again for another go. And so the most likely outcome, at least for now, is that Konerko returns to Chicago.

The White Sox are trying to make it work, even after signing Adam Dunn. Doing so would stretch them a little thin financially, but it would give them a potent core to the lineup. In that event, Konerko would play first base, while Dunn would presumably slide over to DH.

But this situation isn't yet resolved, as Konerko remains available. Stay tuned as the sweepstakes develop.

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