Emery's work begins as season ends

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Emery's work begins as season ends

As the Bears' season came to a close following the Vikings' 37-34 win over the Packers, general manager Phil Emery's busiest part of the season had just begun.
With free agency and early preparation for the NFL Draft on the horizon of the Bears' offseason, Emery and his group of scouts and fellow front office personnel will attempt to address Chicago's weaknesses from 2012 and improve on them
"You're looking to see the guys that have that sudden dynamic athletic quality to change games, change momentum," Emery told Jeff Joniak on WBBM News Radio 780 before today's game, "and do it from their play and the type of person they are."
A season's worth of scouting collegiate athletes both live and on film, the Bears' scouts will soon meet with Emery to discuss their findings and where they believe a certain player can help the team.
"For me it's a very good period of time because it allows me to spend time with our scouts. It serves so many purposes; the December meeting for us in our system is extremely important," Emery said."It's a time that we pull all the information together and give each individual scout their opportunity to talk about the best players in their area at positions."
Emery and his staff will look for the best players through an array of tests to sort talent out, but the main factor will be comparing said players to current Bears.
"We work through the board, we work through each and every play at a certain grade level and above and how they can help the Bears," he said. "And the key part of our meeting and the way we structure it is every player is judged on one thing: Is he better or worse than the player that we have at his position, at the level that we grade the player?
"So is a starting corner better or worse than Charles Tillman? Is a starting defensive tackle better or worse than Henry Melton? So everyone is judged with that standard.And a scout has to stand up and have valid reasons based on his evaluation to make that decision, to talk through why that person is better or worse for the Bears. You always want to go into draft day feeling like you're drafting guys who make you better," he added.

Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.

Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.

“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.

“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.

“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.

Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.

“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”

In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.

As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.

Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.

Who voted Gar Forman? Executive of the Year conspiracy theories

Who voted Gar Forman? Executive of the Year conspiracy theories

Who voted Gar Forman for the NBA's Executive of the Year award? That's the question on Bulls fans' minds late Monday.

As the Athletic's Sean Highkin tweeted, the Bulls general manager received one vote for the award, sparking speculation from Evanston to Evergreen Park. 

670 The Score's Julie Dicaro had one theory: 

While Locked on Fantasy podcast host believed it was Sam Presti, referencing the midseason Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott trade Gar/Pax made with the Oklahoma City Thunder:

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg went a third route: 

Twitter stays savaging.