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Paul Konerko gets $37.5 million deal to stay with White Sox

Chicago White Sox Paul Konerko smiles as he leaves the field after the White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 11-0 in their MLB American League baseball game in Minneapolis August 19, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Miller

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago White Sox All-Star first baseman Paul Konerko will be staying in the Windy City after agreeing to a three-year, $37.5 million contract, the Major League Baseball team said on Wednesday.

"Re-signing Paul Konerko was our top off-season priority," Chicago general manager Ken Williams said in a statement on the team website (chicago.whitesox.mlb.com).

“He is one of the greatest players in franchise history, and we hope he finishes his career in a White Sox uniform.”

Konerko, 34, ranks second only to the retired Frank Thomas among Chicago players in career home runs (358) and runs batted in (1,127).

Konerko hit .312 with 39 home runs and 111 runs batted in 2010, his 12th season with the team.

The four-time American League All-Star and team captain will make $12 million in 2011 and 2012 and $13.5 million in 2013.

Money from the final year will be spread out with Konerko getting $6.5 million in 2013 and $1 million annually from 2014-2020.

“Paul’s value to the organization on the field and in the clubhouse can never be overstated,” Williams said.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Julian Linden

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