Via tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:
#mlb #whitesox The Chicago White Sox have reached a preliminary agreement with 1B Paul Konerko on a 3-year contract. Details at USATODAY.com
No details are available yet, but it had been reported yesterday that Konerko was seeking $15 million per year. That’s pricey for the White Sox, who now may not be able to add any veteran bullpen help, but the cost of losing one of their biggest run producers, a great clubhouse guy and a fan favorite probably won over Kenny Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf.
Konerko had the best year of his career in 2010, hitting .312/.393/.584 with 39 HR and 111 RBI and finishing fifth in MVP voting. With the signing of Adam Dunn, the Sox could have a formidable offensive trio in Dunn, Konerko and Alex Rios.
It's been reported by Bruce Levine of ESPN Radio that the deal is for $37.5 million over the three years, less than the original $15 million per year reported demand. Also tweeted by SI.com's Jon Heyman:
Konerko get 3 years $37.5m from white sox