Some good baseball talk this morning on the radio, but I almost drove off the road a few times.
Paul Konerko was the obvious hot topic, and I was surprised to hear so many White Sox fans weigh in on cutting ties with the longtime captain.
Many of them said Konerko isn’t worth a three-year, $45 million deal, which I’ve been reporting since late July, because he’s going to be 35 years old on March 5.
Did anyone notice that Derek Jeter, who is going to be 37 in June, just signed a new deal contract the Yankees that guarantees him at least $51 million over three years?
I know, the White Sox don’t have the Yankees’ money, but Konerko definitely has two more productive seasons left. And considering the way he takes care of his business, I can see him still producing in 2013.
I’m also hearing that if Konerko signs, the Sox won’t be able to add any quality relief pitchers.
Don’t believe that for a second.
At the Cell last Friday, GM Kenny Williams said he wouldn’t have to trade any salary to accommodate the addition of Konerko and newcomer Adam Dunn, who signed for four years at $56 million.
But just in case the situation has changed now that J.J. Putz has joined Bobby Jenks and Scott Linebrink as erstwhile White Sox relief pitchers, Kenny has another bad contract to shed.
He did it with Linebrink, saving $2 million in the process.
Now, he has to figure out a way to move Mark Teahen, who has nowhere to play.
Teahen is owed $4.75 million this season and $5.5 million in 2012.
Even if the Sox have to eat most of that money, they can save enough to add at least one quality bullpen arm.