The Chicago White Sox have had an absolutely miserable 2013 season. A regression was expected after a surprise campaign, but not to the point where they’ve been one of the worst teams in baseball. That will add some intrigue to what they plan to do this winter.
One point of focus for the White Sox already this winter was going to be the future of first baseman Paul Konerko on the South Side. The veteran has already said that he will take his time and decide whether or not he will come back next season or decide to call it a career.
Regardless of which route he chooses to go, the White Sox would be wise to move on from Konerko, despite the fact that he’s been a franchise cornerstone over the last several years. A team in a rebuild needs to cleanse itself completely, and they should move on from him as part of that cleansing.
Not that Konerko is at fault for how miserable of a failure their 2013 season has been. As recently as last year, Konerko was still an extremely productive player, even at age 36. This year, though, Konerko has showed his age and battled injury, leading to an awful year statistically.
Earlier this month, Konerko had said that he was interested in returning. A year like this takes its toll on a player, though, especially a veteran like Konerko. Now he’s unsure, and signs may just be pointing to a potential retirement from the first baseman.
Even if he does decide to come back, it should be with another team. He should want another crack at winning another World Series title, perhaps with an American League club that needs a DH. In what should be a mutual parting for a variety of reasons, the White Sox should simply move on from Paul Konerko this winter, even if he does decide to return for another season.