Phil Emery with Jim Miller on Thursday a must-listen


Phil Emery with Jim Miller on Thursday a must-listen

Comcast SportsNet colleague and former Bears quarterback Jim Miller, also a columnist for, is going to have Bears GM Phil Emery on Jims Moving the Chains today (Thursday) on XMSirius radio at 4:30 CT. Dont miss it.

Phil is rightly not talking about contracts for Jay Cutler, Lovie Smith, Brian Urlacher or anyone else, for example. But how Phil talks about certain players gives a sense of how the organization feels long-term about an individual, which is the real key behind contract moves.

Itll also be a chance to see how Phil regards the 2013 draft class, because he and his staff are the Road Warriors this time of year, scouting and evaluating. He wont discuss Bears positional priorities but for a good team in position to draft best-available rather than need to reach for a desperate need, the quality of upcoming options may prove very noteworthy in a few months.

I join Jimmy, Dan Jiggetts, Hunter Hillenmeyer and Chris Boden to chat about some of the nuggets each game on Bears Postgame Live, which is nothing short of the most informed and thorough run through the what-happened of games. Kip Lewis talks with players afterwards are a big part of our show.

Its fun sometimes to play general manager. In this case itll be good to hear one.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria 'surprised' Melky Cabrera hasn't been traded


White Sox manager Rick Renteria 'surprised' Melky Cabrera hasn't been traded

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The White Sox have offloaded more pieces in the past eight months than that furniture store that always seems to be going out of business.

Everything. Must. Go.

Even so, the team hasn’t found any takers for veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who finished with four hits in Saturday night’s 7-2 White Sox loss to the Kansas City Royals. Cabrera finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in two runs. That Cabrera still resides on the South Side is a surprise to White Sox manager Rick Renteria.

“Honestly yeah, to be honest,” Renteria said. “To me he’s a premier Major League baseball player who has been playing outstanding defense. And he has been for us one of the two or three guys who has been timing his hitting in terms of driving in runs when we need them, putting together really good at-bats when we need them. Just playing the game. Yeah, kind of surprised.”

Despite making their intentions known that everyone short of Tim Anderson and Carlos Rodon are available, Cabrera’s name has barely registered a blip on the radar when it comes to trade rumors.

Several factors have probably prevented Cabrera from being dealt, the biggest being his salary. Cabrera is still owed roughly $6.3 million of his $15 million salary, which makes him an expensive option.

Defensive metrics also don’t have much love for Cabrera despite his eight outfield assists. Cabrera’s lack of range has produced minus-6 Defensive Runs Saved and a minus-4.7 Ultimate Zone Rating.

Those figures likely would like have teams lean toward making Cabrera a designated hitter. While he’s been one of the team’s most consistent and prominent offensive performers, Cabrera’s .786 ranks only about 38th in the American League.

As FanRag’s Jon Heyman noted earlier Saturday, to trade Cabrera the White Sox would likely have to eat most of the outfielder’s remaining salary.

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