The Los Angeles Dodgers pursuit of a second starting pitcher to add to the rotation came up short again, as an LA target in Dylan Cease was not traded by the Chicago White Sox before MLB’s 3 PM trade deadline, per multiple sources including ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Some trades can trickle in in the immediate aftermath of the deadline, but it seems like that’ll be it for the Dodgers in what has proven to be a disappointing chase for another rotation arm.
LA came up short in potential trades for Lucas Giolito, Jordan Montgomery, Eduardo Rodriguez, Jack Flaherty, and Mitch Keller, as The Athletic’s Stephen J. Nesbitt reported that the Pirates wouldn’t trade their 2023 All-Star in Keller, joining the White Sox as teams who opted to keep their premier starting pitching.
Cease is coming off a 2022 season which ended in the pitcher getting his first AL Cy Young Award, but this year hasn’t gone as well for the 27-year-old, as he’s posted a 4.15 ERA through 22 starts this season.
Chicago is going through a rebuilding phase, having traded Giolito, reliever Reynaldo Lopez, and Lance Lynn before the deadline, but they opted to hold onto their starter who’s under team control through 2025.
And the Dodgers are yet again left without another starting pitcher, in what could prove to be a difficult stretch run.
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