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One fan at SoxFest wanted to know if the White Sox would be interested in adding some 2005 flavor to their 2018 bullpen

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One fan at SoxFest wanted to know if the White Sox would be interested in adding some 2005 flavor to their 2018 bullpen

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.

Ready?

Neal Cotts.

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?

Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez hit his eighth home run of the season in a 7-3 loss. Zack Collins and Matt Rose each had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Ian Clarkin gave up five runs and walked five in his five innings. Seby Zavala, who leads the Southern League with 10 homers, went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

Triple-A Charlotte

Jordan Stephens had a good second outing at the Triple-A level, allowing just one earned run in his 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out four batters. In his two starts with Charlotte, he's got a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings. Charlie Tilson doubled in the 12-6 win. Thyago Vieira gave up two runs in his lone inning of work, and his ERA stands at 5.85 on the season.

Class A Winston-Salem

The bats seem to have gone a tad cold for the Dash, who suffered a 4-1 loss. The top five hitters in the lineup — Joel Booker, Alex Call, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Gavin Sheets — combined to go 2-for-18.

Class A Kannapolis

Lincoln Henzman gave up four earned runs in five innings, allowing a pair of home runs. Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 5-3 loss.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: