White Sox - Signed Konerko
Chicago White Sox - Signed 1B Paul Konerko to a 5-year, $60 million contract.
Paul Konerko isn’t a star, Paul Konerko’s never been a star, and Paul Konerko never will be a star. But the White Sox will be happy with this signing as Konerko stays in a park that makes him look like a star to the team, the front office, and the fans. Staying in Chicago was very smart, even if he could have possibly extorted more from a team like the Orioles. Since the White Sox changed the dimensions and the hitters background:
Konerko, Home: 289/378/568
Konerko, Road: 256/337/448
Perhaps I’m just happy that he’s not going to be the latest Oriole flop. The White Sox aren’t a great team, but they’re fairly good everywhere, so I don’t think that this is going to hurt the team at all in the near-term and it’s not like there were a ton of great options on the open market.
In the long-term? The Nerk will still have his Celluflated stats even if he declines a bit and someone would pick up the contract if the White Sox don’t want it. I wouldn’t have personally made this signing, but it’s very understandable why the Sox pulled the trigger. If most other teams made this same signing, I’d give a thumbs-down.
2006 ZiPS Projection - Paul Konerko
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
555 83 152 23 0 35 101 76 96 0 .274 .363 .505
Posted: November 30, 2005 at 09:37 PM | 67 comment(s)
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