GLENDALE, Ariz. -- His longtime teammates aren’t the only ones who want Paul Konerko around for the 2014 season.
New White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu said he looks forward to spending time with and learning from the team’s longtime captain in his rookie season.
Abreu is Konerko’s heir apparent at first base after he signed a six-year deal with the White Sox in October.
While it seemed unlikely Konerko would return after Abreu was brought on board, the veteran was asked back in a limited role with a large part of his value assigned to work within the clubhouse. As has been the case with everything he has been asked of thus far, Abreu is receptive to the idea of working with Konerko, who is back for his 16th and final season with the White Sox.
“I’m very thankful to have somebody like (Konerko),” Abreu said through a translator. “I want to learn a lot from him because he has had a great career, he has had great success, and I have nothing but respect for him. I’m just happy to have access to somebody like that.”