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December 7, 2010

Paul Konerko talks hit a snag over Konerko’s $15 million demands? [UPDATE #2]

Cowley @ CST tweets:

Could be a snag in Konerko talks. Source said that so far Konerko’s camp is adamant about $15 m per. That would crush the payroll for relief

Also, yesterday, Heyman @ SI tweeted:

chisox, konerko talks appear to be going well. he’ll likely get $12.5 mil a year, maybe 3 yrs. rangers, orioles other options.

But today Heyman @ SI tweeted:

rangers, focused on Cliff Lee, “not likely” to get konerko. paul’s friend says “no way” on orioles. chisox in drivers seat

So, there doesn’t seem to be a big market for Konerko. If it was me, I don’t think I’d give him $15 million a year. I don’t want a couple Mike McDougal’s on the team next year.

UPDATE: Garfein @ CSN tweets:

If PK wants $15 mil a year, Kenny Williams said Monday: “Teams have options. I don’t know if he will get to the level he originally hoped for.”

UPDATE #2: Ballentini @ CSN tweets:

Rough guesses at 1B: Plan A: Paul Konerko B: Carlos Pena C: Adam LaRoche D: Derrek Lee E: Dayan Viciedo



  1. 15 mil / 3 years is too much.

    12.5 mil / 3 years I would do but am not crazy about.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 7, 2010 @ December 7, 2010 12:38 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, $15 million a year won’t leave any room for the bullpen. Doesn’t make sense to fix one area when that means going with Linebrink type guys at the other. I don’t want to trade pitching.

      Comment by The Wizard — December 7, 2010 @ December 7, 2010 12:58 pm | Reply

  2. we still have a solid bullpen, just without putz, a couple of young arms won’t hurt

    Comment by Anonymous — December 7, 2010 @ December 7, 2010 2:52 pm | Reply

  3. Assuming the $15M demand is accurate, this does not reflect well on Konerko. When speaking about his free agency, Konerko said money was not the main factor. His family and playing for a winner would also factor into the equation.

    Now it’s about money? Is this an ego thing because Dunn is making $14M/year? The fact that Dunn and AJ deferred money so the Sox can get Konerko signed means nothing to Konerko?

    If this wasn’t about money, then this contract should have already been signed. As far as the amount of the contract, Konerko had a 2010 that is not repeatable which has to be taken into consideration. I’m not willing to break the bank for Konerko. If plan B is Derrek Lee for a lesser amount which allows us to fill other holes, that’s fine with me. And we get 2 draft choices next year.

    Thanks for everything you did, PK but loyalty is a two-way street. And people who say one thing and do something else …

    Comment by Buford — December 7, 2010 @ December 7, 2010 5:17 pm | Reply

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