And don’t think the Sox would be getting some top prospect for Konerko. It would be to dump money and do Konerko a solid.
If Williams does trade Konerko, he won’t get much of anything back in return. Sure, Konerko is one of the big bats likely to hit the trade market this summer, but he’s likely nothing more than a three or four-month rental.
While Konerko would be a nice boost to a contending team, that he’s a rental player means the Sox won’t get anything better than a B-/C+ prospect in return.
How about a pitcher like Fabio Martinez (B-/B-), Tyler Skaggs (B-/B-), Jordan Walden (B-/B-), Jon Bachanov (B-/C+), Ryan Chafee (C+/C+), Tyler Chatwood (C+), Pat Corbin (C+)? Letter grades are from John Sickels’ and Baseball-Intellect’s 2010 Angels prospects lists. More prospect lists here.
And although A.J. Pierzynski, J.J. Putz and Jenks have received plenty of scrutiny, first baseman Paul Konerko might be added to the list in the wake of a season-threatening ankle fracture suffered by Los Angeles Angels first baseman Kendry Morales.
Konerko possesses full trade-veto rights by virtue of having at least 10 years in the majors and more than the past five years with the same team. But he nearly signed with the Angels after the 2005 season and he maintains a friendship with Angels manager Mike Scioscia from their days in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system.
Cowley, who makes the same speculation, reminds us that Konerko said in last year that he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause “if he felt it could help the Sox, as well as put him in a good place.”
Kenny said he hasn’t even heard the 3 team (Sox-Angels-Padres) Adrian Gonzales rumor but:
I asked Williams if he had talked to Jake Peavy during this offseason, trying to get a gauge on Peavy’s fire and preparedness for his first full season in Chicago. Williams told me that the two had spoken, with Williams needing to ask Peavy about a player from another team to whom he had interest.
“He’s already pumped up,” said Williams of Peavy.
When I asked Williams if that player he asked Peavy about was Gonzalez, he responded with a quick “No comment.”
Remember, a Sox fan talked with Peavy and Peavy said the Sox are trying to get Gonzales.
BTW, Kenny also said it’s too early to talk about extensions to Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski.