Konerko stays with White Sox

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, Last Updated: 11:43 AM ET

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Chicago White Sox have signed first baseman Paul Konerko to a three-year deal worth $37.5 million.

Konerko will receive $12 million in 2011 and 2012, and $13.5 million in 2013. Of the $13.5 million due in the final year of the contract, he will receive $6.5 million in 2013 and $1 million annually from 2014-2020.

It was thought that talks between the two sides had become contentious over the past couple of days, but like with the New York-Derek Jeter situation, Konerko wasn't going to get a better offer than what he was getting from the White Sox. Arizona, though, reportedly offered a three-year deal, as well.

"We have made no secret of the fact that re-signing Paul Konerko was our top offseason priority," said White Sox general manager Ken Williams in a statement. "Paul's value to the organization on the field and in the clubhouse can never be overstated. He is one of the greatest players in franchise history, and we hope he finishes his career in a White Sox uniform."

Konerko has spent the last 12 years with the White Sox and is a four-time all-star. Last year he enjoyed a bit of a resurgence, as he hit .312 with 39 home runs and 111 RBI in 149 games. It was the first time he drove in over 100 runs since 2006, and his home run total was the most since belting 40 in 2005.

A first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers back in 1994, Konerko also spent a short time with the Cincinnati Reds and is a career .280 hitter with 365 home runs and 1,156 RBI.

Konerko will team up with the recently-signed Adam Dunn to fill the first base and designated hitter duties. Dunn signed last week for four years and $56 million.

Acquired from Cincinnati in 1998, Konerko ranks second in White Sox history, behind only Frank Thomas, in home runs, RBI and extra-base hits. He helped the White Sox to the 2005 World Series title with five homers and 15 runs batted in during the club's 11-1 playoff run.


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