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Old 09-24-2013, 11:36 PM
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Default Will Konerko return to the Sox in 2014?

Not should he, will he?

Do you think Konerko will want to return? Do you think the Sox will want him back?

For months I thought this season would be it for Konerko. But then last month when he started to hit decently and at least drive in a few runs I was getting the vibe that he'd want to come back in 2014 and go out in a better way both personally and team-wise. However, he's been really bad, almost embarrassingly so, at the plate this month and he's been painful to watch in the field as well. I can't see him thinking it would be a good idea to play in 2014.

As far as the team, I can't see Hahn thinking Konerko has on-field value anymore. But would Reinsdorf like Konerko to return for P.R. purposes?

Personally, I think Konerko is done playing after this weekend.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:58 PM
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Here's the way I see it. The Sox are committed to a rebuild, so paying Konerko anything close to what he made this year is out of the question. But if he decides that he's not done yet, and he values retiring with the Sox so much that he's willing to play for a non-contender at a drastically reduced salary, I don't see why they couldn't come to an agreement on a short retirement tour type of contract.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:16 AM
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Only if he's replacing Ventura.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:05 AM
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Here's the way I see it. The Sox are committed to a rebuild, so paying Konerko anything close to what he made this year is out of the question. But if he decides that he's not done yet, and he values retiring with the Sox so much that he's willing to play for a non-contender at a drastically reduced salary, I don't see why they couldn't come to an agreement on a short retirement tour type of contract.
This. For a hometown discount, I'd welcome him back for a year.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:12 AM
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What the hay, with the type of team they will have it wont matter if hes on the team or not. Why he would want to go out on the field and embarrass himself for a few extra bucks, I wont understand.

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Old 09-25-2013, 08:37 AM
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What the hay, with the type of team they will have it wont matter if hes on the team or not. Why he would want to go out on the field and embarrass himself for a few extra bucks, I wont understand.
He's embarrassed himself this year. He's been atrocious, worse than Adam Dunn. I understand why he gets a pass but I don't see why the Sox would want him back. He doesn't have much to offer anymore.

Thank him for everything he did for the organization and wish him well. I don't think he is planning on retiring because I would have expected he would have told the Sox and they would have made it public to get some fans in the park and give him a nice send off. I think he will hit the FA market and unfortunately for him, will probably find that there is no interest.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:41 AM
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I think he'll be back with the Sox for one more year on an incentive-laden contract. I don't think anyone else will offer him a better deal, and the Sox are too loyal to just shoo him away. Not saying this is what should happen, but that's how I expect it will play out.

Now, if we miraculously sign Abreu to play 1B full time there may simply be no room for Paulie on the roster unless Dunn is sent packing.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:41 AM
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I have no idea why the Sox would want Konerko back. I understand if Paul's not ready to call it a career, but the Sox need to move on.

****, take half of the $13 million he's made this season and offer it to AJ to come back. He at least can still hit.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:44 AM
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He's embarrassed himself this year.
He was fulfilling his contract this year. No one walks away from 13.5M. Next year its for chump change.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:11 PM
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Not should he, will he?

Do you think Konerko will want to return? Do you think the Sox will want him back?

For months I thought this season would be it for Konerko. But then last month when he started to hit decently and at least drive in a few runs I was getting the vibe that he'd want to come back in 2014 and go out in a better way both personally and team-wise. However, he's been really bad, almost embarrassingly so, at the plate this month and he's been painful to watch in the field as well. I can't see him thinking it would be a good idea to play in 2014.

As far as the team, I can't see Hahn thinking Konerko has on-field value anymore. But would Reinsdorf like Konerko to return for P.R. purposes?

Personally, I think Konerko is done playing after this weekend.
Konerko's hitting .278 this month. He's been arguably better this month than in other months this year. He hit .209 in July and .228 in August. He had 2 HR and 9 RBI in August, and he has 2 HR and 9 RBI in September. I'm not sure what the "decent" and "really bad" periods you mention are. Is the really bad just the last 9 games when he's hitting .229 with no extra base hits? That's a pretty small sample size.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:25 PM
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Konerko's hitting .278 this month. He's been arguably better this month than in other months this year. He hit .209 in July and .228 in August. He had 2 HR and 9 RBI in August, and he has 2 HR and 9 RBI in September. I'm not sure what the "decent" and "really bad" periods you mention are. Is the really bad just the last 9 games when he's hitting .229 with no extra base hits? That's a pretty small sample size.
There was a post-break period where Konerko at least gave an occasional impression that he was a Major League hitter. He was hitting some balls hard, mostly singles to center and right. Lately, it's been a victory if he hits a soft single just over the infield. Yes, he's had a handful of those hits this month, but his "dangerous" factor at that the plate is currently at an all-time low. Even his fly outs are seldom deep. Hey, it happens to the best of them. I just hope he can be honest with himself.

What's interesting is nobody really knows what's going to happen. That's probably because Konerko and Hahn don't even know at the moment.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:46 PM
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There was a post-break period where Konerko at least gave an occasional impression that he was a Major League hitter. He was hitting some balls hard, mostly singles to center and right. Lately, it's been a victory if he hits a soft single just over the infield. Yes, he's had a handful of those hits this month, but his "dangerous" factor at that the plate is currently at an all-time low. Even his fly outs are seldom deep. Hey, it happens to the best of them. I just hope he can be honest with himself.

What's interesting is nobody really knows what's going to happen. That's probably because Konerko and Hahn don't even know at the moment.
I really think he never got over that wrist injury last year, he was hitting over .380 with a 1.000 OPS on June 1st and then he had that "wrist procedure" around that time and wasn't the same. He still managed to hit .300 in July but he had only 5 extra base hits. When I have watched him, I have noticed he has a good approach but his power is just non-existent.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:43 AM
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That's probably because Konerko and Hahn don't even know at the moment.
Hahn's not an idiot, I have a pretty good idea he knows what's going to happen he's just not publicly running his mouth because why? What leverage does he need over Konerko at this point? Let the guy play out his games and let him exit with grace. No need to antagonize the guy in public.
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