The plan is that the White Sox rebuild will turn the team into a perennial World Series contender.
But at least one fan at SoxFest thought a little 2005 revival might put the South Siders over the hump.
The final question asked during the final seminar Sunday at the Hilton Chicago featured a fan asking members of the White Sox front office whether the team would consider bringing back one of the only still-active players from that 2005 team.
Can you guess who it is? I'll give you a minute to think it over.
No, it's not Brandon McCarthy — 10 starts with the '05 White Sox — who pitched in another World Series this past October with the Los Angeles Dodgers before getting traded to the Atlanta Braves this winter.
It's been two full seasons since Cotts last pitched in the big leagues, but the questioning fan thought Cotts could be worthy of a shot at a spot in the team's yet-to-be-finalized 2018 bullpen.
Cotts finished the 2015 campaign with a 3.41 ERA, pitching in 68 games between the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins. Since, he's pitched solely at the Triple-A level, spending time with three different teams in 2016 to the tune of a 3.83 ERA in 44.2 innings. Last season, he pitched with the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate, posting a 3.94 ERA in 48 innings.
There's no harm in nostalgia, of course, and with all this talent in the minor leagues and dreaming of another World Series appearance, it makes sense that the last championship team on the South Side would come up.
But the White Sox bullpen race is already a crowded one featuring 2017 holdovers Aaron Bummer, Dylan Covey, Danny Farquhar, Jace Fry, Gregory Infante, Nate Jones and Juan Minaya plus newcomers Luis Avilan, Jose Ruiz, Joakim Soria, Thyago Vieira and reported minor league signee Xavier Cedeno.
But seriously. Who could've predicted the 2018 edition of SoxFest would end with a question about the 37-year-old Neal Cotts?