Sources: D-backs want Paul Konerko
Paul Konerko may have played his last game as a member of the White Sox.
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Konerko, a free agent five days after the 2010 World Series ends, will be an offseason priority of the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to two major league sources.
Konerko has been a member of the White Sox since 1999. He is coming off an MVP-caliber season.
The Sox veteran, who turns 35 this coming March, hit .312, with 39 homers and 111 RBIs in 2010. Konerko also had a .393 on-base percentage and a .584 slugging percentage in 2010 both career highs.
The Scottsdale, Ariz., resident was traded to the White Sox by the Cincinnati Reds in 1998. Konerko signed a five-year, $60-million deal after his team won the World Series in 2005.
After the fourth game of a the White Sox's World Series-winning sweep, Konerko gave the final-out baseball to team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf at the city's parade for the world champions.
Konerko graduated from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale in 1994. He was then selected in the first round of the 1994 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers (13th overall). Konerko was traded to the Reds in July of 1998 and then to the White Sox for outfielder Mike Cameron in November of that year.
According to a big league source, there was no dialogue between the White Sox and Konerko's agent, Craig Landis, about an extension for Konerko during the 2010 season.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.