ORLANDO, Fla. – Paul Konerko(notes) spent two days probing the market to see if the money Adam Dunn(notes) got also applied to him. Turned out it didn’t, and Wednesday he accepted a three-year, $37.5 million offer to return to the Chicago White Sox and nudge Dunn to designated hitter or maybe a hold-your-breath trial in the outfield.
Meanwhile, on the North Side of Chicago, the Cubs signed a free-agent first baseman of their own, power-hitting Carlos Pena, to a one-year, $10 million deal. Pena batted only .196 with an OPS of .732 last season for the Tampa Bay Rays, so he plans to build up his value and test the free-agent waters again next winter, much the way another Scott Boras client, third baseman Adrian Beltre(notes), did a year ago.
Beltre is now seeking a five-year deal, which seems unlikely. However, the flood of first-sackers to Chicago leaves few options for the many teams in the market for power at a corner infield spot. Derrek Lee(notes) would prefer to stay close to hisRead More »from Konerko, Pena bring power surge to Windy City