Rebuilding the farm system
Any rebuild starts with building up the farm system and bringing in as much young talent as possible. You know not all of that talent is going to come through, but if you hit on just a couple then you have something to build around.
A.J. Preller traded away almost his entire farm system before the 2015 season in order to try and win. That didn’t work out, and after the 2015 season he immediately started building up the system.
Interestingly enough, in 2016 they traded James Shields to the Chicago White Sox for Erik Johnson and Fernando Tatis Jr. And later that year they traded Fernando Rodney to the Miami Marlins for Chris Paddack.
Those two moves specifically would end up doing wonders for the rebuild.
They later traded Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox for Anderson Espinoza. San Diego sent Andrew Cashner, Tayron Guerrero, and Colin Rea to the Marlins for Carter Capps, Luis Castillo, Jarred Cosart, and Josh Naylor.
Those three trades really helped them turn things around with highly touted prospects like Kopech, Moncada, Giolito, Cease, and Jimenez.
The White Sox haven’t done quite as well in the international market, but they did hit a home run with Luis Robert who is right up there with Gore as one of the three best prospects in all of baseball.