Ventura keeps focus on field, off trade winds

White Sox have flexibility to stand pat as Deadline nears

Ventura keeps focus on field, off trade winds

CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura doesn't want to see anyone from this White Sox team depart before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Monday. And to be honest, the White Sox manager doesn't think anything is going to happen.

"We'll go from there," Ventura said during his pregame media session Thursday at Wrigley Field. "You have to put it out of your mind to the best of your ability and play, focus on today. There's nothing you can do about it.

"Everybody's been part of it, and we have some guys that I think people want. This week probably led to some more phone calls, of people calling just to see what's going on with us. Our guys should look at it as a nice thing that people are calling and asking about you because that means people want you."

There are a number of White Sox players drawing interest, even with the group as a whole hovering around .500. Left-hander Chris Sale, who returned to the mound Thursday night following a five-game suspension, and his left-handed rotation mate Jose Quintana would bring the greatest talent package back in return, but the White Sox certainly aren't looking to trade the aces of their staff unless their exact demands are met.

Veterans, such as closer David Robertson, left-handed reliever Zach Duke, third baseman Todd Frazier, starters Miguel Gonzalez and James Shields and outfielder Adam Eaton have been asked about by contenders. But the White Sox have nobody with a contract running out into free agency and aren't forced to begin a rebuild at this moment.

They simply need to try to go on a run akin to the seven straight wins they put together approaching the Deadline in 2015.

"I hope we do it again," Ventura said. "The decision isn't mine, and I'm not taking or making any phone calls. For me, I hope we do it again."

"Whatever you can control, control that," Frazier said. "Until your agent or somebody in the brass comes up to you and says, 'We're looking to move you,' that's when stuff maybe gets in your mind."

Renteria focused on job he's doing

Rick Renteria termed his 2014 season managing the Cubs as "a great experience," adding that he's talked to a few of the youngsters on the other side of the field. But as far as the low-key White Sox bench coach getting back in the manager's game, that question will be left for another time.

"I'll give you the same answer I've always given everybody. I came out here to do the job I'm doing right now," Renteria said. "I've always believed that whatever goes on after that kind of takes care of itself.

"I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing right now. Whatever comes in the future, comes in the future."

Rodon looking like Sunday starter

Ventura indicated Carlos Rodon could be the TBA starter in Sunday's series finale against the Twins at Target Field. Rodon is on the disabled list with a sprained left wrist.

"He felt pretty good," Ventura said. "We're going to hold off on that until we get a better idea about him [Friday]."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.