It was typical Paul Konerko.
The White Sox team captain was well thought out, he stayed away from controversy and he answered the questions without answering the questions.
As far as his future on the South Side as he is set to enter free agency this offseason? Konerko said a lot will depend on what the organization wants.
"I think where they stand right now is probably just figuring out where they want to go as a team,'' Konerko explained. "I'm kind of secondary. That goes for the other guys here who are in the same boat. Obviously it's a business, so they have to figure out payroll stuff and when they do that, then hopefully I'm in their conversation, as far as being brought back. Until then, I don't know what will happen.
"I have no sense of a market or anything like that. I don't expect anything. I don't have any illusions about anything. I just want to take it as it comes. Whatever comes my way, comes my way. I'll handle whatever comes. When you start getting into a situation where you're expecting this or I should be getting this because that guy got this, that's when you get let down and you're disappointed and you go to a place where you shouldn't go to. I just want to do what's right.''
Not only what's right for him and the team he will play for, but most importantly for his family. Konerko told the Sun-Times last week that he would have no problem following Jermaine Dye's path and sitting out an entire season if the situation wasn't right in every way.
What seems evident is that the 35-year-old is at least a $10-$14 million a year player in the market, and has indicated best-case scenario would be for him to play three more years. Add geography and playing for a team that he feels can win it all, well, let the bidding war begin.
"I'm a White Sox's, regardless if I go play somewhere else, that's what I'll be thought of, that's what I'll think of my career,'' Konerko said. "I feel like that mission has been accomplished. If I go on, I'll sleep fine at night knowing I was loyal when the time came [after the 2005 season].
"There's emotions, there will always be. If I come back and I finish my career, here, guess what? There's going to be emotions the last year. You're never going to get away from it. It's about doing what's right in that moment when it comes to make this next decision.''
Konerko did have some interesting remarks when asked about if he felt like the Sox were close to being that winning team he wants to play for.
"Strictly speaking from the talent and the guys, I believe it's a team that can fight and win,'' Konerko said. "I mean I do think that things need to get better. The Twins are a good team, a great team, and more than that they go about it the right way. You have to go out and catch them. They're not going to come back to you. With the talent and the people here we can do that if we tidy up some things and get a little better with some things and move their way, move toward them.''
Asked if tidying it up meant on or off the field, he responded, "A little bit of both, a little bit of everything. The physical play, the whole kind of, I mean we've got to up our game a little bit. It's not just about the talent on the field. It's no different than Little League. It's not always the talent that finishes first, second, third as far as who has that on paper. I do think that [the Twins] are a great team on paper, too. Probably at this moment a better team. So if you're not the better team you have to do a lot of things to catch them that are beyond the talent. That's something that will have to be addressed if they want to go in that direction.''
Manager Ozzie Guillen continued making his feelings about Konerko returning very obvious.
"Do we want it? We all do, there's no doubt,'' Guillen said. "Hopefully they get something done, we'll see what happens. That's a very, very delicate thing, a unique situation. He's a player, his number's going to be retired, he's going to have a statue here. If you look at PK's numbers and what he means to this organization, that's a pretty tough situation for everyone.''
Will the King be leaving the building? Konerko talks free agency
It was typical Paul Konerko.
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