ST. PETERSBURG -- A freak injury suffered by Angels first baseman Kendry Morales during Saturday's celebration following his walk-off grand slam already has pundits guessing as to whether White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko could be a replacement target for Los Angeles. Konerko has full no-trade veto power, by virtue of at least 10 years in the Majors and at least five straight with the White Sox, but if the White Sox are unable to fight their way back into the American League Central race, he could choose to go to a contender if the option is presented.
Konerko's Arizona home is not far from the Angels' regular-season home or where they train during the spring in Tempe. The White Sox team captain also entertained a serious offer from the Angels when he was a free agent after the 2005 championship season and has a connection to Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia from their days with the Dodgers organization.
"The Angels have been looking for Konerko for a long time," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "That's not my call. Hopefully Konerko is playing good and then like I say, it makes [the front office] make a decision."
Guillen mentioned how he has spoken with bench coach Joey Cora in the past concerning players possibly getting injured during walk-off celebrations. Morales suffered a broken left leg as he jumped toward home plate following his game-winning blast.
"I'm not against people celebrating," Guillen said. "Just be careful how you celebrate. Hopefully, players will learn from this example about how you are going to celebrate."