White Sox rebuild set to begin at Meetings?

White Sox rebuild set to begin at Meetings?

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Chris Sale, Adam Eaton, Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, Jose Abreu and David Robertson stand as featured parts of the White Sox as MLB's Winter Meetings get underway at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Monday in National Harbor, Md.

That fact might not be true for any or all of them by the time the Meetings come to a close with Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft. The White Sox have not officially commented on their team direction, but a rebuild is expected to shift into high gear over the next four days. And with each maneuver engineered by general manager Rick Hahn, check out whitesox.com every day for full coverage.

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MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, including the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 8 a.m. CT.

Rick Renteria, who moved from bench coach to White Sox manager after the close of the 2016 campaign, will have his first media meeting since that news conference on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. CT. Whitesox.com will have a story from this 30-minute session. The winner of the 2017 Frick Award will be announced on Wednesday, with venerable and colorful White Sox television play-by-play voice Ken "Hawk" Harrelson one of the eight finalists.

Players such as Yoenis Cespedes and Carlos Beltran did not end up with the White Sox via free agency. Those results were no surprise to those who follow the South Siders and their apparent offseason rebuild.

The Cubs and White Sox seem highly unlikely to make a trade of Sale's ilk, which also is no surprise considering the Cubs aren't likely to give up Javier Baez or Kyle Schwarber. But a few surprises could arise in connection to the White Sox over the next four days.

With the rebuild in mind, the White Sox are looking for Major League-ready players along with other top prospects in potential deals for Sale, Eaton or Abreu. The goal is possibly taking a step or two back in the interim to build a team able to contend for a World Series title for multiple years.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com 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.