As has been expected, even after the talks stalled a bit on Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox will be keeping their captain, first baseman Paul Konerko. The two sides have reportedly agreed on a three-year, $37.5 million deal with "heavy deferrals."
Konerko, who turns 35 in March, will earn $12 million in 2011 and 2012, $6.5 million in 2013 and then seven years deferred at $1 million each. Along with Adam Dunn, whom the White Sox signed this offseason, the White Sox suddenly have a very potent middle of the order -- the two sluggers combined for 77 home runs in 2010.
Konerko is coming off of one of the best seasons of his 14-year career, hitting .312/.393/.584. He posted career-highs with a .977 OPS and a 158 OPS+.