The White Sox were not pleased with their second-place finish in the American League Central this year. So they’ve decided to do something about it this offseason.
Not only did Kenny Williams and Co. lock up free agent slugger Adam Dunn last week, they are also closing in on a deal to retain Paul Konerko.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is scheduled to meet with the veteran first baseman’s agent on Monday and a deal could be struck as soon as the chat is over.
Konerko, 34, hit .312/.393/.584 with 39 home runs and 111 RBI over 149 games for Chicago in 2010. He has played 12 of his 13 MLB seasons with the White Sox and is about to agree to a multi-year deal that will keep him in white and black for the next three or four seasons at around $13 million per year.
Dunn is expected to DH with Konerko sticking to first base.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.