Veteran White Sox captain Paul Konerko has a tough decision to face this offseason: continue his career, potentially with another team, or retire from baseball altogether.
Should Konerko decide to play in 2014, there is the possibility that the White Sox would pass on retaining “the face of the franchise” for what would be his 18th and final MLB season (15 of those being with the Sox). But, don’t expect a decision before next week, when the regular season draws to a close.
The Tribune is reporting that Paulie will take at least a month to regroup after what has been an extremely pitiful season for the club. Probably a wise move…after all, would you be able to make a level-headed decision about your future with an organization that, at the time this was written, could lose 100 games this year? Didn’t think so.
White Sox fans would rather have a non-emotional decision than the alternative. Should Konerko want to pursue another season in the Bigs, the onus then falls on Rick Hahn to decide whether or not Paulie fits in to his plans for 2014. There are several potential free agents that would look good in a Sox uniform next year; but, it’s hard to deny that seeing Konerko back on the Southside for one more year wouldn’t be nice. At the very least, maybe he’d have a chance to go out on a better note…
Paul has already said that he would prefer to stay in Chicago, even if only a part-time player on the team. Though, if the White Sox decide to go another way, and Konerko still has that burning desire to stick around, he may have to face going to a different club to finish out his career. His future remains uncertain for now, but hopefully we’ll hear some positive news in the coming weeks.