Just how successful were the Bears at finding talent through the NFL draft from 2008-2010? Profootballfocus.com puts their picks through the Draft Grader and it isn't pretty.
Each pick earns a grade somewhere between 2.0 and -2.0 in 0.5 increments. The criteria for the grades include: where they were drafted, their performance, their contribution and other factors such as injuries or conditions that couldn't be accounted for.
The Bears had zero players at 2.0 or 1.0 with only running back Matt Forte at 1.5 or "Getting much more than you bargained for!"
Six current Bears came in at 0.5 or "Never hurts to find a solid contributor." They include: wide receiver Earl Bennett, safety Craig Steltz, tight end Kellen Davis, defensive tackle Henry Melton, cornerback D.J. Moore and WR Johnny Knox. The total number of players here should probably be higher.
The most populated grade was 0.0 or "It could have been worse" with 13 picks, though many contributed very little before leaving or are still doing so. Some of these picks include CB Zackary Bowman, guard Lance Louis, S Major Wright, defensive end Corey Wootton and tackle J'Marcus Webb.
A couple of top-100 picks -- DE Jarron Gilbert and WR Juaquin Iglesias -- in 2009 fall into the -1.0 or "What a waste!" category.
The worst pick based on the grading system is tackle Chris Williams, the 14th overall pick in 2008. He came in at -1.5 or "The scoutscoaches failed, big time!"
No picks graded out at -2.0 or "You just drafted the love child of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf!"
The White Sox made room for the return of veteran catcher Alex Avila by trading Dioner Navarro to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
The club activated Avila off the 15-day disabled list and acquired left-handed minor league pitcher Colton Turner in exchange for Navarro, who spent the previous two seasons with the Blue Jays. Turner, who has a combined 1.33 ERA in 44 minor league games this season, has been assigned to Double-A Birmingham.
Navarro hit .210/.267/.339 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 298 plate appearances this season.
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Avila, who has been on the disabled list since July 5 with a strained hamstring, went 7-for-11 with a home run and two walks on his assignment. He caught 12 innings during his rehab, including seven on Thursday.
“I’m ready to go,” Avila said.
The team has been happy with how rookie catcher Omar Narvaez has performed since he joined the club in July when Avila went on the DL. Narvaez has an .831 OPS in 43 plate appearances this season.
“I know Omar, with him being here and doing what he’s doing, you want him to get a little more of the shot of being able to play,” Ventura said. “I think he’s worked his way into that.”
Luis Solignac has made a big difference to the Chicago Fire’s attack since joining the team in early August.
On Friday, the Argentine forward added an award to show for his impact on the team. He won MLS Goal of the Week for his opening goal in the 3-0 win at Montreal on Aug. 20.
The curling goal from Solignac was his first in a Fire uniform. He also drew a penalty kick, which David Accam converted, in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy.
In Solignac’s 312 minutes, nearly three and a half games, the Fire have scored seven goals. Not bad considering the Fire were averaging less than a goal per game before Solignac’s arrival.
In case you were wondering whether Ben Zobrist knows all the words to "Let It Go," he does.
The Cubs' All-Star second baseman spent at least part of the team's off day with his family at Disneyland, and he posted this Instagram video of him and his daughter screaming along to the song from the movie "Frozen."
Check it out:
Some great family time for Zobrist. His wife has a challenger for the family's best singer. But not really.