Trickle-downs: Konerko, Pierzynski, Jenks

Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko might play the same two positions, but the two of them might cloud the picture at other positions, too.

Signing Big Donkey answered one big question, but the prospect of re-signing Eeyore raises some brand new ones should Kenny Williams gets both his asses handed to him.
Doug Padilla thinks that Paul Konerko would be in line for as much as Adam Dunn received from the Sox (four years, $56 million) if he returns. That’s a scarier prospect to me than Dunn’s contract, but we’ll cross the financial bridge when we get to it.

Is Dayan Viciedo forced out at first now that Adam Dunn is around?
But we can talk about the depth chart if Konerko mans first, because with A.J. Pierzynski in the fold after signing a two-year, $7 million contract, the Sox have some blocking to negotiate.
A quick rundown of the players in question:
*Carlos Quentin: Kenny Williams reinforced his faith in Quentin by saying, “Carlos Quentin plays right field for us.” (Although he did leave an out by not saying he will play right field.)  In the likely event that Williams isn’t misleading, the Sox can live with it for one more year. But if puts up similar numbers with similar defense in 2011, Williams might have to talk trade eventually. There’s nowhere for him to go, and he’s still getting more expensive.
*Brent Morel. He still appears to be in control of his own destiny, but if Williams is truly “all-in,” how long of a leash will Morel get? Back in 2005, Joe Crede lagged behind the rest of the offense and Williams defended his third baseman when others wanted an upgrade. The lesson for Morel: Play great defense.
*Mark Teahen. If Morel sticks (maybe with help from Omar Vizquel), and if Dunn and Konerko are around, it looks like his best chance for anything approaching regular playing time is in right field, as an occasional platoon buddy for Quentin. Otherwise, he may as well tweet from the dugout.
*Dayan Viciedo. Presuming Jackin’ Dayan can’t make the leap at third, he suddenly looks exceedingly tradeworthy. I know he’s the Tank, but I don’t think he can bust through this roadblock.
*Tyler Flowers. Flowers doesn’t have to worry about first base, because he could catch in the majors if he could find a way to hit there. Alas, with Pierzynski and his 10-and-5 rights back for two more years, it looks like he’s got nowhere to go, too. I don’t think they have to rush into trading him, but it’s a three-step process for freedom. First, he has to hit well enough to force the issue. Then, Pierzynski has to crater completely, and then Ozzie Guillen has to work up the nerve to not let A.J. hold the position hostage. Good luck with all that, Tyler.
*Chris Sale. The White Sox didn’t offer Bobby Jenks a contact, but they haven’t closed the door on his return, either, which means it would require Jenks swallowing some pride. If Jenks returns with a smaller salary, Guillen won’t have to re-tool much. But it’s possible that the Sox will have to abort their plans to make Sale a starter, and I can see why. The Dunn signing means there’s no turning back on 2011, and Sale in a lesser role still goes a long way.
*Alexei Ramirez. OK, there’s nothing affecting his status, but the Sox did exercise the $2.75 million option.
More Dunn reaction:
*Rob Neyer wonders if the Dunn deal means Williams has stopped punting positions completely.
*Keith Law says Dunn is a big help, but wonders if the Sox bid against themselves a little.
*Carl shows us what a committee of one looks like.
*J.J. says Dunn is dandy, but Konerko is still the key.
*U-God at South Side Sox is ecstatic.
*Mike at White Sox Mix says this changes everything.
*Thanks to the Dunn signing, several of our offseason plans are in pretty good shape. Here’s who wanted Dunn, and their predicted dollar figures:

It looks like $12 million was the generally accepted price, so I wonder if anybody foresaw Dunn getting this much. I’m looking forward to the head-to-head comparison when both he and Victor Martinez (four years, $50 million) enter the second halves of their deals.
*And one last thought I had (for now) — thanks to Jake Peavy, Dunn won’t be able to wear No. 44. That’s just as well, considering No. 44 has ruined the shoulders of Peavy and Toby Hall, stymied Brian Anderson and almost did the same to Aaron Rowand, and drove Billy Koch insane.

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Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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Linebrink and cash to the Braves! I hope we use the bullpen savings and sign Soriano!


Linebrink! Traded!


It’s actually $3.5 mil…MLBTR corrected themselves.


KW’s been in the zone for the last 24 hours.


I agree, good start for the sox. Even resigning AJ starts to make more sense. With the addition of Dunn, and hopefully the retention of Paul, we can be more than adequate with replacement level at catcher. To me, AJ is the most sure fire option for achieving that.


At this point I’m pretty much expecting to see “Report: White Sox trade Teahen for Jessica Alba.”


I would not be opposed to that.
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Linebrink should do better in the NL – but $4M?
Kenny must have pictures on Wren.


Were other teams after Linebrink which caused Wren to pick up so much of the salary ?
If not, is $4M the going rate today for a 30+ year old set-up reliever ?
Or is Linebrink Wren’s $4M closer since Wagner retired ?


As I stated earlier, this is exciting…and nerve wracking.
The Dunn contract should be fine, at most a slight overpay if he doesn’t play the OF and rarely plays 1B. PS…Dunn just said on The Score that he doesn’t care about playing the field if someone is better than him at anything he’s cool, he just wants to win. Truly sounded like a guy content to DH.
Dunn and AJ deferred money to help keep PK and open up budget for 2011.
I remain concerned that they are so excited to re-sign PK. It feels like they are headed towards making a bad decision with both years and amount for #14.


wow aj is only on the books for 2 mil this year and then 6 mil in 2012
i wonder how much dunn deferred as well,
is JR dying or something and trying to go big one last time in 2011????

the kind of quote that makes me all warm ‘n fuzzy inside


Good Christ, no more Linebrink! That’s reason enough alone to celebrate 2011! Kenny found $4m in the street!


Love the hot stove time of year (not as much as the time baseball is actually being played though)! Not sure if it is my Friday giddiness but I about fell out of my chair laughing when I read the comment stating that Teahan “may as well tweet from the dugout”!
Great line! As always, wonderful stuff from this site! Thanks to everyone who runs and contributes to this site! GO SOX GO!!!


with all this talk that we needed a left handed power bat in the middle of the lineup, if paulie k doesn’t resign, why not go after carlos pena? why stop at just 1 left handed power bat?


Sox need to go hard after one of these better relievers out there, i.e. Balfour or Crain. Jenks is gone, baby gone and i’m still pinching myself that the Scott Linebrink debacle is officially ended.
I agree that we don’t need to be dead-set on Konerko. I see Quentin and Konerko linked in a way that we shouldn’t have both of them on the roster — especially now that we have Dunn.


I had Dunn and Konerko both in my offseason plan as well, and I am truly ecstatic at the prospect of both of them in the lineup. I also am truly ecstatic at the process of all in. At some point, yes, we have to get younger, but in all honesty, now was not the time to do it. We must draft better, and I think we are doing that, although we just lost our first rounder. Kenny Williams moves over the last couple of days, coupled with resigning Konerko, could make him the GM of the Year in 2011.