Rick Renteria to White Sox: Watch the playoffs and ‘see where you want to be'

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Before the White Sox departed Guaranteed Rate Field after Sunday's season finale, Rick Renteria gave his team a homework assignment.

Ahead of an important offseason for the rebuilding franchise, Renteria told his players to watch the postseason — to prepare for getting there themselves.

"We did impress upon them that it's time to get ready, to be ready. Go home, take a break, do all the things that the organization has set out for them in terms of conditioning, fitness, baseball readiness, all those things. And watch some playoff games," the manager said Sunday. "Watch and see where you want to be and see if you can imagine yourself there. You've got to think about it, talk about it, visualize it, and sometimes it all comes into play."

The White Sox are going to try to do a lot more than just wish a postseason berth into existence come 2020. After missing the playoffs for the 11th straight season, the team hopes next season can be the one in which the long-awaited transition from rebuilding to contending takes place.

The ingredients certainly seems to be there, thanks to remarkable seasons for a growing core of players like Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, the last of those in the minor leagues. Robert's eventual big league arrival, the return of Michael Kopech from Tommy John surgery and what's expected to be a busy offseason should only add to the expectations.

While general manager Rick Hahn is understandably waiting to see what his 2020 roster looks like before placing specific expectations on next season, Renteria hasn't been as hesitant.

"I am confident that we're going to be competing next year for a spot in the playoffs," Renteria said during the season's final homestand. "We're going to be fighting for a spot in the playoffs because I truly believe that we're going to be very good next year."

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