Konerko situation tricky for White Sox

Paul Konerko had a .669 OPS with just 12 homers in 520 plate appearances in 2013. Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf talked about the terrible season his club had, and said flatly that Paul Konerko can make the decision on whether to return for 2014. From his interview with WSCR-AM, on Konerko:

"It's truly Paul's option," Reinsdorf told Ben Finfer and Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM 670. "He's earned the right to come back if he wants to come back. He's been the most popular player in the last 15 years that we've had. He's only had a handful of at-bats in a Cincinnati uniform, so he's basically a White Sox lifer. He's a terrific teammate. He's our captain. He just has to make a decision whether he wants to come back or not."

Some owners might say something like this and you'd assume they're being disingenuous. But Reinsdorf is loyal, first and foremost. You hear this all the time from people who have worked for him, from his friends, from rival executives.

There are times, however, when his loyalty is not necessarily the best thing for the operation of his baseball team.