MLB notes: Konerko signs with White Sox, holds off retirement

Paul Konerko has agreed to extend his career with the Chicago White Sox. (Reuters)

Paul Konerko has agreed to extend his career with the Chicago White Sox. (Reuters)

Sun Wire Services

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

First baseman Paul Konerko plans to play for the Chicago White Sox in 2014.

Konerko, a six-time all-star, informed the team he will play his 16th season with the team. Konerko will be in his 18th season and began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds.

The deal is reportedly a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Konerko, 37, hit .244 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs in 126 games last season, playing through thumb and wrist injuries.

The White Sox have a logjam with Adam Dunn and newcomer Jose Abreu limited to designated hitter and first base duty, as is Konerko. Dunn is due $15 million in 2014, the final season of his contract, and could be a trade candidate.

ROCKIES, MORNEAU CLOSE

The Colorado Rockies are close to a two-year contract with free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau, MLB.com reported Tuesday night. Multiple media outlets reported the potential deal is worth $13 million.

The Rockies added some flexibility to their payroll when they traded outfielder Dexter Fowler and his $7.35 million salary to the Houston Astros earlier in the day.

Morneau, 32, is expected to take over as the Rockies' starting first baseman with Todd Helton retiring.

Morneau was one of the most productive first basemen in the major leagues until a concussion slowed him down in 2010. He also had an injury-plagued 2011.

Last season, Morneau batted a combined .259 with 17 home runs and 77 RBIs over 152 regular-season games with the Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was traded to Pittsburgh late in the season and played six postseason games.

TIGERS INK NATHAN

Free agent reliever Joe Nathan and the Detroit Tigers have agreed on a new two-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Contract details were not released, but the club holds an option for the 2016 to keep Nathan if it so chooses. He'll likely remain as a closer with his new team.

Negotiations with Nathan ratcheted up after the Tigers failed to work out a deal with former San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers closer Brian Wilson, shortly after trading right-hander Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals.

The 39-year-old Nathan appeared in 67 games in 2013 with the Texas Rangers and was 6-2 with a 1.39 ERA and 43 saves in 46 chances. The Tigers offered him a $9 million option, but he turned it down to pursue free agency.

Nathan is Major League Baseball's active saves leader (341), taking over for now-retired New York Yankees ace Mariano Rivera.

YANKS AFTER JOHNSON

The New York Yankees are closing in on a deal with free agent second baseman Kelly Johnson, according to multiple reports.

The team is reportedly looking at Johnson as an insurance policy in the event it cannot reach a deal to re-sign prized free agent Robinson Cano.

Johnson, 31, can also play third base and outfield. He batted .235 with 16 home runs and a .715 OPS with the Tampa Bay Rays this year.

The New York Post reported Wednesday that the Yankees offered Johnson a one-year deal worth nearly $3 million.


Videos

Photos