- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 8, 2010

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. (AP) - Paul Konerko is staying with the White Sox, Carlos Pena is going to the Cubs.

Both Chicago teams took care of their needs at first base Wednesday. Up next at the winter meetings, maybe: The New York Yankees were thought to be on the verge of making a major offer to Cliff Lee.

Earlier, the Washington Nationals figured it was worth asking: Hey, Cliff, want to play in the nation’s capital?

Sure, general manager Mike Rizzo knows the prize pitcher is looking elsewhere. But the fact the cash-slingin’ Nationals even talked to Lee’s agent represents a shift at this week’s session.

Most every team is a player this week, it seems.

The White Sox and Konerko agreed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract. The four-time All-Star hit .312 with 39 home runs and 111 RBIs last season. The 34-year Konerko will be part of a lineup that now includes slugger Adam Dunn, recently signed to a $56 million, four-year deal.

“We have made no secret of the fact that re-signing Paul Konerko was our top offseason priority,” White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said.

Pena and the Cubs have agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract.

Pena spent the last four seasons with Tampa Bay. He had a down year in 2010, hitting .196 with 28 homers and 84 RBIs, down from a .227 average with 39 homers and 100 RBIs the previous year.

The Arizona Diamondbacks stayed busy Tuesday, giving free agent reliever J.J. Putz a $10 million, two-year deal. Colorado filled a need by getting 2010 All-Star infielder Ty Wigginton and Pittsburgh added pitcher Kevin Correia, both with $8 million, two-year contracts.

Also, pitcher Dustin Moseley wound up in San Diego and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“It’s kind of like the offseason becomes fantasy baseball for players, too,” Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You always look at who is out there and who might be in your lineup. I think we all did it when we played the game. You’d say, ‘Man, if we had this guy or this guy, we could be better.’”

For the Angels, that guy could be free agent Carl Crawford.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy gave the meetings a jolt when he collapsed around 1 a.m. Tuesday near a bank of elevators. Carried out of the hotel on a stretcher, he was hospitalized because of mild arrhythmia.

The 2009 NL Manager of the Year was released and headed back to his Florida home with his family.

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