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Breaking News: Dodgers Set Sights on Game-Changing Pitcher! Dylan Cease Trade Sends Shockwaves Through MLB!

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It’s challenging to identify a more probable trade candidate this offseason than Dylan Cease. Following a challenging season for the White Sox, characterized by significant roster changes, the team seems focused on replenishing its farm system.

The Dodgers, with their pitching needs, current contention window, ample financial resources, and well-stocked farm system, emerge as a fitting destination for a high-profile starter like Cease. Trade rumors have already linked the Dodgers to Cease.

Considering the plethora of options in both free agency and trades, it’s highly likely that the Dodgers will secure at least one high-profile pitching acquisition this offseason. Recent reports suggest that Cease might be traded before the winter meetings, prompting a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of bringing him on board.

Cease, much like his team in 2023, faced setbacks, transitioning from a top-2 Cy Young Award finish in 2022 to an ERA in the mid-4s in the past season. It’s evident that Cease’s true abilities lie between his outstanding 2022 version and the challenging 2023 performance.

Examining key statistics such as FIP, BABIP, and LOB rate reveals variations between the two seasons, underscoring the inconsistency in Cease’s 2023 performance.

The 200-K club

Pitcher Team Total K
Gerrit Cole Yankees 722
Corbin Burnes Brewers 677
Kevin Gausman Giants/Jays 669
Dylan Cease White Sox 667
Aaron Nola Phillies 660

The five MLB pitchers with 200 strikeouts each year from 2021-2023Β Source:Β Baseball Reference

Drawing a parallel with another free agent target, Blake Snell, both pitchers exhibit volatility but possess the potential for success when everything aligns. However, the crucial difference lies in the compromise needed to acquire their services.

Despite Cease’s downturn in 2023, the White Sox are unlikely to undervalue him, especially considering his recent outstanding season and two more seasons under salary arbitration control before reaching free agency. This contrasts sharply with Snell’s situation, where a long-term commitment is required.

Chicago White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease throws to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

 

The Dodgers, with financial flexibility and a wealth of prospects, can explore both avenues. Cease, given the right conditions and unless the White Sox demand an exorbitant return, could be a more appealing pursuit, especially considering other potential acquisitions like Shohei Ohtani or Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

Nevertheless, the Dodgers have the luxury of being firm in their negotiations, with alternative options such as one-year prove-it deals for pitchers like James Paxton or exploring trade options like Tyler Glasnow and Corbin Burnes. Ultimately, between Cease and Snell at fair prices, Cease might present a more enticing option for the Dodgers.

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