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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Paul Konerko Gets 3-Year White Sox Deal

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Paul Konerko will remain a fixture with the Chicago White Sox.

The first baseman agreed Wednesday to a three-year deal worth $37.5 million. Konerko will make $12 million in 2011 and 2012, then $6.5 million in 2013 and $1 million a year from 2014-2020.

Konerko, who will turn 35 during spring training, has been with the White Sox since 1999. The four-time All-Star was a free agent this winter but few expected him to sign elsewhere. Both Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski backloaded their new contracts to free up short-term money that would help the Sox retain Konerko.

The veteran hit .312 with 39 homers and 111 RBI in 2010, compiling a career-best .977 OPS. He finished fifth in American League MVP balloting.

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