Baseball people around the world should not and will not be surprised with any of the transactions that the Toronto Blue Jays may make during this upcoming offseason. After last season’s big trade with the Miami Marlins and the fact that the Blue Jays very much underachieved this past season, General Manager Alex Anthopoulos has to make another series of moves to keep his fan base interested and the hopes for a postseason birth alive.
Anthopoulos has some decisions to make and these decisions could be at the mercy of those that may choose to retire, specifically Paul Konerko. If Anthopoulos decides to let Adam Lind go and not pick up his option, he will need to find someone else to fit that DH roll. Konerko would fit in very well because of his power bat and the leadership that he exudes, which is something the Blue Jays are in desperate need of. If he does decide to play another year or two and the Chicago White Sox decline to resign him, Konerko could find himself in a Blue Jays uniform.
I don’t see Konerko wanting to leave the game after a disappointing season that saw him hit .244, with 54 RBI and 12 home runs. Konerko is much better than that and it seems as though he went through the motions just as the rest of the disappointed White Sox did. The team just couldn’t find its groove finishing with a terrible record of 63-99.
Konerko is a professional. He is someone that wants to finish his career on a high note. Toronto just might be the city for him as he could be by the side of long-time White sox teammate Mark Buehrle and perhaps make a run at the playoffs with what will surely be a hungry Blue Jays team. He has a lot in common with this team from Toronto as they both experienced very unfortunate seasons in 2013. Toronto just might be the place for Konerko to come back and sing a proper swan song.