After improving his numbers during the 2021 season, starting pitcher Dylan Cease has decided to change agencies.
The White Sox right-hander has reportedly hired Scott Boras and the Boras Corporation to represent him, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The 26-year-old’s switch to the league’s highest-grossing agent means he will leave behind ACES Baseball Inc. operated by Sam and Seth Levison.
Cease posted career-best stats in his third season, going 13-7 (32 starts) with a 3.91 ERA (72 ER/165.2 IP), 226 strikeouts, 3.32 SO/W, 1.249 WHIP, and 3.41 FIP. He also completed 2021 with the highest strikeouts-per-nine rate (12.3) and third-highest WAR (4.4) among American League starting pitchers, per FanGraphs.
The interesting move comes prior to next winter, where Cease is set to become arbitration eligible for the first time. He won’t be hitting free agency until 2026 though, giving the White Sox some time to see how he fares over the next few seasons before reaching a conclusion on any distant decisions.
Regardless of how his long-term future plays out, Cease will have very high expectations as the team’s number three starter in a rather thin 2022 rotation.
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