To be frank; Paul Konerko has been a shell of himself going down with a wrist injury at the end of May in 2012, but it appears the six-time All-Star’s career has finally hit rock bottom. Apparently, the Chicago White Sox have grown tired of Konerko’s recent downfall as the club placed their starting first baseman on waivers today. This isn’t a total shock considering No. 14’s contract is up after the season, but it has to be a hard pill for one of the faces of the White Sox organization to swallow.
A player on waivers is liable to be traded at any time, but Konerko is an exception as he has 10/5 rights — 10 years in MLB and/or 5 seasons with one team — which means he can veto any trade he’s involved in. Many are speculating that Konerko won’t be acquired due to the $3.25 million that he is owed from now until the end of the 2013 season. In addition, Tuesday also saw the Minnesota Twins place once-dominant first baseman Justin Morneau on waivers as well. Therefore the old-yet-productive-first-baseman market is already starting to get some action.
Considering Chicago is 24 games out of first place, Konerko would be foolish to deny a trade to any team — other than the Houston Astros of course.
If White Sox general manager Rick Hahn can deal Konerko within the next week that would be quite and accomplishment as the rookie GM has already shed a ton of cap for the Sox to use wisely this offseason.