Reinsdorf was asked whether he believed Konerko would retire or decide to stay and play at least one more season in the majors.
"I have no idea," Reinsdorf said. "It’s truly Paul’s option. He has earned the right to come back if he wants to come back. He’s been the most popular player over the last 15 years that we’ve had. … He’s basically a White Sox lifer. He’s a terrific teammate. He’s our captain and he just has to make a decision whether he wants to come back or not."
His statements echo those of general manager Rick Hahn, who said last week that the White Sox had a spot for Konerko if he wanted to return to the team.
Last year, Konerko, 37, suffered through perhaps his worst season since he was a rookie in 1998. Over 126 games, he hit .244/.313/.355 with 12 home runs. He would only have a part-time role waiting for him in Chicago. The team signed Cuban slugger Jose Abreu to take over as the starting first baseman and Adam Dunn is set to DH in 2014.