With the Chicago White Sox likely heading into a full-on rebuild this offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been rumored in conversations to pursue a trade with them for starting pitcher Dylan Cease.
Cease, 27 is just about to hit the prime of his career and would make an immediate impact in the Dodgers starting rotation.
The news was reported today by MLB insider Bob Nightengale of USA Today earlier, that LA has engaged in trade talks with Chicago just shortly after it was announced that the Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed starting pitcher Aaron Nola to a massive deal.
Coming into this offseason, Nola was a prime candidate for the Dodgers to target and would be a great piece to a rotation that was decimated by injuries last year.
Moving forward, LA has clearly shifted its focus in trading for Cease.
Inquiring about Cease should not be a surprise to Dodgers fans as the Dodgers and White Sox have been trade partners in the past. Just before last year’s deadline, the two teams made a deal together that sent both starting pitcher and relief pitcher Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly to LA as the team was making a playoff push last year.
Right now, Cease is coming off the worst year in his career as he finished with a 7-9 record and a 4.58 ERA but still managed to throw 214 strikeouts.
To be fair towards Cease though, the White Sox were a mess last season, the team struggled in almost every area on the field and had a toxic workplace. In the middle of the season, a report came out that players were apparently sleeping in the bullpen. Following the 2023 season, the organization announced that they were letting go of executive vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn.
If the Dodgers are able to pull off the trade for Cease, they will get a pitcher who won 10+ games in 2021 and 2022 while throwing over 200 strikeouts for the last three years. In 2022, Cease pitched in 32 games with a 2.20 ERA and went 184 innings pitched, the most in his five-year career.
After coming off one of the worst years in his career and being in a toxic environment, a change of scenery could do him well as the Dodgers have been very well-known for revitalizing pitchers’ careers.
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