Source: White Sox want Paul Konerko

Updated: December 6, 2010, 11:24 AM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As the winter meetings get underway, a source tells ESPNChicago.com that White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf will do anything he can to re-sign first baseman Paul Konerko.

Reinsdorf will be among the White Sox representatives meeting with Konerko's agent, Craig Landis, on Monday. Reinsdorf said Monday that he's just planning to say 'Hello,' to Landis, and White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn will lead negotiations.

Konerko, whose family resides in Arizona, has said he is wide open to the free-agent process and wants to go to a place where he feels is the perfect fit.

Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski deferred money on their recently signed deals to help the Sox keep the door open for Konerko's return.

Konerko, who is one of the last remaining players from their 2005 World Series championship squad, batted .312 with 39 home runs and 111 RBIs in 2010.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. ESPNChicago.com baseball reporter Bruce Levine contributed information to this report.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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