The rumors continue to swirl surrounding Dylan Cease, and this time, a team has been named.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Dodgers and White Sox are in trade talks regarding the South Side’s biggest trade chip. There is no indication just yet of how advanced these discussions are.
The two clubs are no strangers when it comes to doing business with one another, as Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly were traded to Los Angeles this past trade deadline in exchange for Nick Nastrini and Jordan Leasure. Nightengale had the following to say in his above Sunday article:
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are in trade talks with the Chicago White Sox in an attempt to acquire ace Dylan Cease. The Dodgers badly need pitching help, and the White Sox badly need to rebuild their roster. ‘I’ve made it very clear that the White Sox are willing to listen in on any of our players,’ White Sox GM Chris Getz said.”
According to Baseball America, the Dodgers have three top 100 prospects, all of whom would likely interest the White Sox: C Dalton Rushing (#44), RHP Gavin Stone (#60), and 2B Michael Busch (#65). Previously, players like Gavin Lux and the recently graduated Emmet Sheehan have been discussed as potential trade chips for the Dodgers, though it is unclear if either would be available or of interest to the White Sox.
The Dodgers are also not expected to be the only team looking to trade for Dylan Cease. The Orioles, Red Sox, and Cardinals are among the clubs who could look to make an offer, with the White Sox still expected to send their right-hander to the highest bidder.
After a second-place Cy Young finish in 2022, Cease struggled throughout the 2023 season, finishing 7-9 with a 4.58 ERA/3.72 FIP and a 27.3% strikeout rate. He has two full seasons of team control remaining, which continues to make him of such high value around the league.
As more information becomes available, we will continue to provide updates.
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