Who's Konerko in line to pass on HR list?

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Who's Konerko in line to pass on HR list?

With 31 home runs last year, Paul Konerko blew by a handful of Hall of Famers on the career home run leaderboard: Ralph Kiner, Carlton Fisk, Tony Perez, Orlando Cepeda, Jim Rice and Johnny Bench. Heading into 2012, Konerko's just four home runs away from 400 in his career. Here's who he's gunning for next:

Joe Carter (396), Dale Murphy (398), Al Kaline (399), Andres Galarraga (399), Duke Snider (407), Darrell Evans (414), Andruw Jones (420), Billy Williams (426), Mike Piazza (427), Jason Giambi (428) and Cal Ripken (431).

Perhaps Konerko will experience some age-related regression, although he hasn't shown any warning signs of that in the last two years. A 30-homer season would put him past Carter, Murphy, Kaline, Galarraga, Snider and Evans while tying him with Williams. Tack on one homer to that and he'd tie Piazza on the list.

At 36, it'll be tough for Konerko to reach Hall of Fame-consideration territory, especially given that Fred McGriff has been shut out with 493 career home runs. But he's put himself in a position to at least stay on the ballot for a year or two, which is a nice honor (along with almost certainly getting his number retired at U.S. Cellular Field).

But Konerko's also in line to pass his manager on an all-time list. Konerko's next grand slam will given him 11 with the White Sox, which would break the tie he currently has with Robin Ventura for the most in team history. That'll be another interesting moment in the long Konerko-Ventura history.

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Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.

Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.

“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.

“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.

“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.

Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.

“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”

In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.

As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.

Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.