Paul Konerko returning to White Sox

"I don't think anybody wants to go out on that kind of year," Beckham said. "Whatever his motivations for coming back, he obviously will be an influence on me and everybody in that clubhouse. With our club getting younger and younger, we need guys like him to step up and show the way for the younger guys."

Catcher Tyler Flowers , who agreed to a one-year, $950,000 deal on Monday, also is looking forward to having Konerko as a clubhouse presence for another season.

"He's been a guy who has definitely helped me transition to life in major league baseball," Flowers said. "There are things that people don't see, the daily life, handling family, dealing with time constraints, all that stuff. He's a great clubhouse guy. Regardless of what his playing situation is, he's going to be a Jim Thome type, where the organization would be foolish to not keep in contact with Paul for as long as possible."

Konerko is second on the White Sox's all-time list in home runs (427), RBIs (1,361) and total bases (3,944), trailing Frank Thomas in all three categories. He is second in games played for the White Sox at 2,187, behind Luke Appling's 2,422. He also played for a limited time at the start of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.

"Paul Konerko has been the constant face of the White Sox organization and the heart of our clubhouse over the past 15 seasons," chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. "He certainly earned the right to make this decision on his own, and we are very pleased that he has decided to return for another season. While the accomplishments speak for themselves, anyone who is in our clubhouse day in and day out knows the value Paul brings to our franchise as a leader, as a teammate, as a mentor and as our captain."'s Scott Powers contributed to this report.

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