The Braves have been linked to Dylan Cease throughout the offseason, along with several other teams, but it was unknown just how interested the White Sox were in dealing him. With two years left on his contract, Chris Getz doesn’t have to budge just yet if the right deal doesn’t come across his desk. However, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the expectation is that Cease will be dealt this offseason.
“The most likely of this group to be moved, Cease has already drawn interest from several teams, and sources say they expect the White Sox to move their ace this offseason,” Feinsand writes.
A trade coming to fruition seems like the most likely outcome, but don’t expect one to happen soon. The White Sox will likely wait for the other top pitchers to come off the board, creating some desperation among clubs that miss out on targets like Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery.
Feinsand also discussed the potential haul for the White Sox. The Rays were able to get quite a bit for Glasnow from the Dodgers, and he was only under contract for 2024.
“Unlike Burnes (and Shane Bieber, who we’ll get to shortly), Dylan Cease is under club control for two more seasons, making him a more attractive – and costly – trade option,” Feinsand writes. “Chicago surely noted that the Dodgers gave up a former Top 100 prospect in righty Ryan Pepiot and young slugging outfielder Jonny DeLuca in exchange for Glasnow and veteran outfielder Manuel Margot, though that deal was contingent upon Glasnow agreeing to an extension.
Two years of Cease should bring back a nice return for the White Sox. Cease is coming off of a subpar year by his standards, as he went 7-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 33 starts (177 innings). But he’s been healthy and averaged 176 innings per season since 2021, something appealing to teams around the league.”