In an alternate reality, the Chicago White Sox are announcing the hiring of Kim Ng or James Click as the new front-office leader.
Somewhere in the multiverse, the Sox are also considering trading pitcher Dylan Cease for more prospects as the team undergoes an unfortunate yet necessary rebuild.
Sadly, the reality is Chris Getz is still the general manager and it is highly unlikely Cease will be traded.
The first reason is that if Cease gets moved, the Chicago White Sox would possibly need to replace all of their starting rotation spots. The keyword is “possibly” since Mike Clevinger can walk in the offseason if his mutual option is not picked up, and also because of the uncertain status of Michael Kopech.
The other reason Cease will not be traded is owner Jerry Reinsdorf wants a quick turnaround. Dylan struggled this year, but he still has Cy Young-winning stuff. Keeping him in the rotation helps accomplish that goal even if it is highly unlikely.
At the same time, the only untouchable player on the Sox roster should be Luis Robert Jr.
If the Sox did not lose 100 games and Shohei Ohtani did not play in the American League, Robert. Jr would be a slam dunk to win the AL MVP. He is under club control through the 2027 season on team-friendly financial terms.
Cease is only under club control for two more seasons. This could be the offseason where his trade value will never be higher.
There is speculation the New York Mets could pursue Cease in the offseason. The Mets are going to be tied to every player available with owner Steve Cohen’s endless pot of money.
He also hired David Stearns to run the club and he waited a few seasons when he ran the Milwaukee Brewers before he pulled off a major trade.
Instead, it might be better to focus on contending teams. If these five teams inquired about Cease, the Chicago White Sox should consider doing business with them.