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Bell re-signing continues run of bad Emery luck

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Bell re-signing continues run of bad Emery luck

The Bears brought running back Kahlil Bellonto the roster on Tuesday for the third time in a year as somewhere Phil Emeryis probably wondering whos sticking pins in a General Manager doll.Bell replaces Matt Forte understudy MichaelBush, who was placed on injured reserve with a rib injury suffered in theSeattle game, then limited him to one carry in Minnesota and to the sidelinesagainst Green Bay.

Bush, as strong a short-yardage back as theBears have had in recent seasons, becomes the latest Emery roster additionforced into some unexpected down time.

Emery attempted to upgrade the offensiveline last offseason. He signed former 49ers second-round pick Chilo Rachal, whowon a starting job but melted down after losing the job with a debacle againstthe San Francisco 49ers.

That was a week before the teams bestoffensive lineman, guard Lance Louis, was lost for the season with a kneeinjury.

Emery signed Jonathan Scott, who replacedGabe Carimi at right tackle but suffered a hamstring injury against Green Bayand is a question this week.

No. 1 draft choice Shea McClellin has beendown with a concussion and knee injury. No. 2 pick Alshon Jeffery missed four gameswith a broken hand and then two with a knee injury. No. 3 Brandon Hardin wenton injured reserve with a neck injury in the second preseason game. No. 4 pickEvan Rodriguez has come back respectably from a knee injury that had him outfor four games.

Bush was a marquee signing early lastoffseason, giving the Bears a safety net in negotiations with Forte and aproven big back and former starter with the Oakland Raiders.

Bush appeared in the first 13 games thisseason and started in the win over St. Louis when Forte was out with an ankleinjury. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry and was second to Brandon Marshall (10)with five touchdowns.

Bell was with the Bears through theoffseason after signing a tender offer for 1.26 million. After the Bushsigning in March for four years and 14 million, and Forte signed a four-yeardeal at the outset of training camp, Bells price as a No. 3 back was out ofline with his slot.

When he refused to take a pay cut, the Bearswaived him on Aug. 23. He returned Sept. 15 and was waived a month later. Heeventually signed with the New York Jets, who released him last week.

Bell started three games for the Bears lastseason after Fortes season-ending knee injury. He totaled 337 yards on 79carries, with a peak of 121 yards against the Green Bay Packers.

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

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Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.