Paul Konerko hasn't decided on his next step yet, and won't for at least a month.
The White Sox first baseman told reporters on Friday that his plan all along has been to take some time off in October, and make a decision whether to retire or play again in 2014 then. His plan is to take a month to decompress and think about it, and said if he does decide to return his "season" -- training for 2014 -- will begin around Nov. 10.
"Taking a month off, a month away from this, which I know if I do that -- the more you don't play, the needle will always move toward wanting to play," Konerko said. " ... But I just gotta make sure I know what's real and what isn't."
Konerko said there are plenty of factors in play for him, such as whether he can do the grind again, whether he'd be wanted by a team (either in Chicago or elsewhere). While he hasn't figured anything out yet, he does know one thing:
"If I do play next year," Konerko said, "that'll probably be it."