Pena goes to Cubs, Konerko back to White Sox

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The four-time All-Star was in Mexico, on vacation and overlooking the ocean, when he got a text message that the White Sox had acquired free-agent slugger Adam Dunn. At first, Konerko figured that meant his days in Chicago were Dunn. Then, he reconsidered.

“Maybe they’re actually going to make a push to get both of us,” Konerko thought to himself.

White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert said season ticketholders seemed enthused about the team’s 2011 prospects.

“Phones are ringing off the hook to the point that the sales department canceled its holiday party tonight to stay late and field all of the calls,” he said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Francoeur, who started last season with the New York Mets and wound up in the World Series with Texas, sounded enthused about becoming an everyday starter in Kansas City.

“When I’ve been comfortable, I’ve tended to play well,” he said. “I’m not the greatest guy when I sit on the bench. I have ants in my pants.”

Cut by Atlanta, Diaz went to Pittsburgh. Cust was closing a deal to leave Oakland and play for Seattle and Sherrill hoped a move from the Dodgers to Atlanta would help rejuvenate his career.

The meetings end Thursday with the Rule 5 draft, mostly made up of minor league veterans left off 40-man rosters. Even when teams pack up and leave the Disney resort, look for more deals _ often 3 1/2 days of talking quickly turns into a move or two.

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