CHICAGO - For about two months the great debate among White Sox fans has not been about the 2016 season but rather what they will do in 2017.
Will general manager Rick Hahn decide to completely rebuild the team and start over with a new manager or will they continue their "win now" attitude?
On Wednesday it appears that Robin Ventura will be a part of those plans for the White Sox moving forward.
The manager, whose contract expires at the end of this season, will be retained by the team according to a report by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. In the report he says the team will sign Ventura to a new contract if he would like to stay.
The White Sox have yet to confirm or deny the report. Tonight the White Sox face the Tampa Bay Rays in the third of a four-game series at US Cellular Field.
A popular third baseman for the White Sox from 1989-1998, Ventura was the surprise pick to replace Ozzie Guillen as White Sox manager in late 2011. His White Sox surprised many in 2012 and were in first place for a majority of the season, finishing with an 85-77 record. Since then, however, the White Sox have failed to find similar success as they've chosen to build via free agency than farm system.
In 2013 the White Sox slipped to 63 wins and have had only modest increases over the past three seasons. The next year the White Sox won 73 games and despite a number of free agent acquisitions before the 2015 season they only won three more games.
Predicted by some to contend for the American League Central title this year the White Sox surged at the beginning of the season and started 23-10. But since then the team has been muddled with inconsistency and currently sits at 76-81 with five games remaining in the season.