CHICAGO | Veteran slugger Paul Konerko is returning to the Chicago White Sox.
The team announced Wednesday that the six-time American League All-Star agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, opting to play another season rather than retire or sign elsewhere.
The 37-year-old Konerko will receive $1.5 million in 2014 and $1 million in 2021 under the deal. He will also be paid $1 million annually in deferred money from 2014 to 2020 under the contract he signed in December 2010.
Acquired from Cincinnati in 1998, Konerko ranks second on the franchise list to Frank Thomas in homers and RBIs. He dealt with a back issue last season and batted .244 with just 12 homers and 54 RBIs.