Paul Konerko is the latest member of the White Sox to hit the waiver wire, per a report on Tuesday.
Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported Konerko, who is owed $3.25 million the rest of the season, could clear waivers on Wednesday. At that point the White Sox would be free to trade him to any club that has interest.
Last week, slugger Adam Dunn cleared waivers while Alex Rios was claimed by the Texas Rangers and later traded.
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Konerko said Tuesday the White Sox haven’t informed him if he has been placed on revocable waivers.
But even if another team were to claim Konerko, the White Sox would have to get the veteran’s approval before they could trade him because of his 10-5 rights (10 years in the league, five with the same club). Asked if he’d consider a trade, Konerko said he hasn’t considered the possibility.
“I haven’t even thought about it,” Konerko said. “If it pops up or someone talks to me, I’ll think about it.”
A free agent after this season, Konerko came to the White Sox in a November 1998 trade from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for outfielder Mike Cameron. It was the second time Konerko had been traded that year after he was shipped by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Reds.
The franchise’s No. 2 all-time home run hitter, Konerko has had two chances to depart via free agency but opted to stay both times.
Konerko said in January he’d address his future, whether or not he wants to play again in 2014, after this season ends.
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Even though he’s reportedly on waivers, executive vice president Kenny Williams believes Konerko will be in town to make that decision. Williams said he’d be surprised if Konerko isn’t here.
Beyond that, however, Williams doesn’t feel it’s appropriate to speculate on Konerko’s future.
“He’s going to have his jersey retired, his name up on the rafters up there eventually,” Williams said. “Beyond that, I don’t know what Jerry (Reinsdorf) might have planned. He’s one of the White Sox’s all-time greats. It’s premature and disrespectful for me to talk about an ending to such an esteemed career and person before he starts talking about it. I don’t want to touch it. Now, I’ve had a couple of lengthy conversations with him and certainly know that he believes he can still do this and do this at a high level. Let’s let him just play. Just play. Play as long as you want to play and we’ll figure it out as we go.”