With a 32-46 record and last place in the American League Central division, the Chicago White Sox have some big decisions to make regarding their roster. There is no question the biggest decision revolves around the idea of trading team captain Paul Konerko.
Konerko has struggled at the plate this season, and he has dealt with his fair share of back problems. The 37-year-old’s outstanding career is coming to an end, which means he has basically one last shot at another World Series ring. Trading Konerko would not only benefit the White Sox, but it would also be a good gesture by the organization to give the slugger an opportunity to go out on top. However, Konerko does not even want to think about the possibility of putting on a different uniform for the first time in 15 years.
“I’m not going to get into that,” Konerko said, according to WhiteSox.com. “I’m just trying to get back on the field. I don’t know many teams that are going to want a guy who can’t play. Until I get back out there and start doing some things, that’s off in the distance.
“My goal is to get this going here and try in the next three, four weeks until they have to make those decisions on everybody in here — and let’s see if we can get good and see what happens. I don’t have any answers, right now.”
Riding off into the sunset a champion is certainly the dream for every veteran who is at the end of his career. However, Konerko bleeds White Sox baseball. He means everything to the organization and the fan base, and vice versa. He already has one World Series ring, which means there really is no pressure to get another one. At this point, it appears Konerko would rather give everything he has left with Chicago this season instead of trying to fit in with another team.