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Konerko OKs 3-Year White Sox Deal

November 14, 2002

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CHICAGO (AP) _ First baseman Paul Konerko, who had his first 100-RBI season and made the AL All-Star team for the first time, agreed Thursday to a three-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.

Konerko, 26, batted a career-high .304 with 27 home runs and 104 RBIs in 151 games last season. He finished second on the team in hits (173), doubles (30), slugging percentage (.498), total bases (284), average and RBIs, and was third in home runs and runs scored (81).

``He has been extremely consistent over the past four seasons, and is a major influence and leader in our clubhouse,″ assistant general manager Rick Hahn said.

Konerko has been a .291 hitter with 104 home runs and 381 RBIs in 592 games with the White Sox after being acquired from Cincinnati for Mike Cameron in November 1998.

His career average is .287 with 111 home runs and 410 RBIs in 673 career games with the Dodgers (1997-98), Cincinnati (1998) and the White Sox (1999-2002).

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