Recently there was a rumor circling around the Chicago White Sox that veteran first baseman and designated hitter Paul Konerko was interested in returning for another season in 2014. Previously there had been a great deal of speculation that Konerko would call his career done after this season since his contract is up. Konerko debunked the rumor officially but this might be one of those cases of where there is smoke, there’s fire.
Konerko probably would not make near what he is making right now if he returned but when you think about it, he is only one year removed from an all-star season in 2012. The campaign in 2013 hasn’t gone his way but the 37-year old Konerko probably has at least one more season in him. You have to figure that this guy has enough good at-bats in those hands that he could return in some aspect.
I think of the role that Jason Giambi is playing for the Cleveland Indians this season. He isn’t an everyday player but rather takes on the role of a mentor and teacher on the roster while pinch hitting and having an impact where he can. Konerko most certainly could have more impact than that for at least another year or two so why wouldn’t he come back?
Maybe he needs a change of scenery or a change of role like that of Giambi. However they could get it done, the White Sox might hope that he chooses to return because they are going to be in a spot soon where they can use at least a couple of good veteran position players to rely on to do the things veterans can do. In addition to still being a very good defensive first baseman, Konerko could certainly do that. Here is hoping he returns for another season or two.