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Paul Konerko will return next season

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Chicago White Sox captain Paul Konerko will return to play next season.

The Chicago legend will stay in Illinois on a one-year deal worth $2.5m, with $1m of it deferred until 2021. And under the terms of his previous contract from three years ago, Konerko will also receive $1m yearly from the year 2014 up until 2020.

His general manager, Rick Hahn, was clearly delighted with the news. 

"Paul Konerko has been an extremely important member of our lineup and presence in our clubhouse since his arrival in Chicago," he said.

"Paul needed time this fall to step away, think about his situation, and reach his own conclusions. We are very pleased that he has decided to come back for another season."

The six-time All-Star, 37, has spent 15 of his 17 Major League Seasons with Chicago and he was equally pleased and enthused with having agreed the deal.

"I'm looking forward to coming back in a new role where I can help both the organisation and my teammates get turned around in the right direction and also do some productive things on the field." 

The veteran first-baseman endured a difficult campaign last term, as he hit .244/.313/.355 with just 12 home runs in 126 appearances.

But reports claim he's unlikely to see much time at first-base, with a role as a designated hitter more likely for Konerko next term.

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