NEW YORK -- Paul Konerko has told his closest friends he'd like to play in 2014, per a media report.
All season long Konerko, a free agent after this season, has remained steadfast he would wait until after the season to answer questions about his future plans.
Citing a number of moving parts as the reason for waiting until after the season to make a decision, speculation has been heavy over whether Konerko would retire, resign with the White Sox for a 16th season or try to play elsewhere.
But Konerko -- who is hitting .246 with 10 homers an 46 RBIs in 105 games -- has told his closest friends he wants to return and believes he can be a productive player, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
Paul Konerko is telling friends that he definitely wants to return to #Whitesox next year and believes he can still be productive— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 4, 2013
Konerko is earning $13 million this season. Some of the questions surrounding whether or not Konerko would return have centered around his health after the veteran went on the 15-day disabled list in July with a back injury. It was only the third time in Konerko's career he went on the DL.