Posted December 04, 2013

Report: White Sox bring back Paul Konerko on 1-year deal

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Paul Konerko (Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images)

Paul Konerko has hit 427 of his 434 career home runs for the White Sox. (Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images)

Paul Konerko, who’s played 15 of his 17 big league seasons with the White Sox, will return to the team on a one-year deal, sources told Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday.

The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million, with $1 million being deferred.

Konerko, who’ll be 38 at the start of the season, will likely DH against left-handed pitchers and occasionally fill in for Jose Abreu at first base. Chicago signed Abreu out of Cuba for $68 million in October.

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A six-time All Star, Konerko has been with the White Sox since he was traded to them by the Reds in November 1998. He hit .298 with 26 home runs in 2012, but slumped to .245 with 12 homers last season and missed nearly three weeks with back pain.

He is in the top five in White Sox franchise history in games played (third, 2,187), hits (third, 2,249), doubles (third, 398), home runs (second, 427), RBIs (second, 1,361) and total bases (second, 3,944).

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