Ventura wants to return to White Sox in 2014

Ventura wants to return to White Sox in 2014

PHILADELPHIA -- Since the White Sox first-half tailspin hit full plummet, it has become an almost bi-weekly question as to whether Robin Ventura wants to continue managing for the final year of his three-year deal in 2014. But when asked Saturday about rebuilding or contending, does he still plan to be with the White Sox, Ventura provided his answer before the question was finished.

"I would like to be here," Ventura said. "I would like to be here, either way."

As for his feeling about whether the White Sox will be in rebuild mode next year or still poised to contend, Ventura couldn't offer up a reply with quite as much certainty.

"Again, you don't know exactly how it's going to go," Ventura said. "[General manager Rick Hahn] is taking it on a case-by-case basis of looking at what the deal is. That's what I think.

"If it is [rebuilding], you go from there. I don't know for sure what we are going to have going into next year. We haven't [gotten] into trying to plan 2014. We'll get through this, and I don't know if I even have an answer. I hope we are [contenders]."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.