Paul Konerko 1B/DH CWS 5 Months

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday that he expects Paul Konerko to make a decision on their offer prior to the Winter Meetings.

The White Sox have offered Konerko a chance to return in a backup role at a reduced salary, but Hahn indicated Tuesday that he's not sure the first baseman would accept such a role. "I don't think Paulie wants to play just to be on the bench or a farewell tour," Hahn said. "That's not him." If he doesn't take the White Sox' offer, the 38-year-old could seek a regular job elsewhere or simply retire.

Paul Konerko 1B/DH CWS 5 Months

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf told WSCR-AM 670 on Saturday that he isn't sure whether Paul Konerko plans to continue his playing career.

"I have no idea," said Reinsdorf. "It's truly Paul's option. He has earned the right to come back if he wants to come back. He's been the most popular player over the last 15 years that we've had. . He's basically a White Sox lifer. He's a terrific teammate. He's our captain and he just has to make a decision whether he wants to come back or not." If Konerko returns, he will have to accept a part-time role at a reduced salary. He turns 38 in March.

Paul Konerko 1B/DH CWS 5 Months

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn indicated Tuesday that Paul Konerko has been offered a contract to return in 2014.

If he does come back, it would be in a reduced role likely at a pretty modest salary, as the White Sox have Daniel Abreu at first base and Adam Dunn at DH. Konerko could get a starting job elsewhere, but he'll need to weigh that versus playing for his preferred team. It's also possible that he could wind up retiring. "It's a matter of everyone's comfort level and him getting convinced that that's what he wants to do," Hahn said. "... We had a real good open and honest conversation about where his mind is at and his hopes for going forward, and a good talk about the club and our hopes for moving forward. At this time, he's still going through his process of deliberating about what he wants to do next year."

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White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday that he hasn't ruled out bringing back Paul Konerko.

The White Sox remained in touch with Konerko during the process of signing Abreu, so it's possible that he could still have a role with the club. The 37-year-old has already said that if he returns for 2014, it will be his final season in the big leagues.

Paul Konerko 1B/DH CWS 7 Months

Paul Konerko will take a month to decided whether he'll return for the 2014 season or retire.

If he does return, the 2014 campaign will be his last. Konerko indicated that he would be OK with a reserve role, but only if it was with the White Sox. ''The only thing I can say on that would be the only place I could do that would be here because my family likes it here, my kids love it here, it's a great place to be in the summer,'' Konerko said.

Paul Konerko 1B/DH CWS 7 Months

Paul Konerko said Friday that if he does come back in 2014, it will be his final season.

Konerko still hasn't made up his mind about whether he'll play next season and White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Friday that a decision might not come for a couple of weeks. The 37-year-old is willing to consider a part-time role with the club.

Paul Konerko 1B/DH CWS 7 Months

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Friday that the club will meet with Paul Konerko in two weeks to discuss his future.

Previous reports indicated that Konerko could come to some sort of decision this weekend, but he apparently wants to hear the team's plan for the future before making it final. For what it's worth, Hahn said they plan to spend money to acquire an impact free agent this winter.

Paul Konerko 1B/DH CWS 7 Months

Paul Konerko (knee) is back in the White Sox' lineup Thursday.

Konerko sat out Wednesday after fouling a ball off his knee during Tuesday's contest. The veteran first baseman returns to a .248/.317/.355 batting line with 11 homers and 53 RBI.

Paul Konerko 1B/DH CWS 7 Months

Paul Konerko (knee) is not in the White Sox' lineup Wednesday.

Konerko exited Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his right knee and is apparently still feeling sore. He should be considered day-to-day.

Paul Konerko 1B/DH CWS 7 Months

Paul Konerko left Tuesday's game against the Indians after fouling a ball off his knee.

Konerko immediately dropped to the ground in pain. He managed to finish the at-bat in the top of the eighth but was removed for defense in the bottom of the frame. It's not clear whether he'll require an X-ray.