White Sox hoping to re-sign slugger Paul Konerko

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Paul Konerko, an impending free agent, is lighting up scoreboards all over the majors this season.  He boasts a .322/.399/.598 batting line over 497 at-bats with 36 home runs and 104 RBI. 

Make no mistake, the White Sox want him in their lineup for the 2011 season and beyond.  But will they buck up and shell out the kind of contract that it’s going to take to bring him back?  General manager Kenny Williams spoke with MLB.com’s Scott Merkin about the matter on Sunday.

“I would love to have him retire as a White Sox,” said Williams. “That’s pretty much all I’m going to say on it, because I don’t know
what the future holds.  I don’t know how we are going
to finish. We are driven by the revenue stream that comes in. People might not like it but it is what it is.”

That’s general-manager-speak, which translated means that Williams and Co. are going to do their best to bring Konerko back but understand that many other teams will be looking for a reliable power bat.  The 34-year-old Konerko should have plenty of suitors this winter.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.