General manager Chris Getz has said on a few occasions this offseason that no player is untradeable.
There was even chatter that Getz is trading him soon. Although, the latest report has Getz willing to be patient to get the right return.
It makes sense to trade Cease considering the Sox lost 101 games this season. No matter what the owner thinks, the Chicago White Sox need to rebuild.
Although, Getz would be wise to build around Luis Robert Jr. who is under team control through 2027. Andrew Vaughn is another player worth keeping around based on his upside and the amount of team control he is under.
Otherwise, any player worth any trade value must go.
Cease is the player on the roster that will bring back the biggest return. He still has two more seasons left of arbitration.
While he struggled in 2023, he still finished with a 3.7 fWAR. He also posted a 3.72 FIP and is just one season removed from almost winning the AL Cy Young.
A lot of contenders would love to have Cease in their starting rotation even if it means further weakening the Sox’ starting pitching group.
Cease’s departure would leave the Chicago White Sox with a rotation (for now) of Michael Kopech, Touki Toussaint, Jesse Scholtens, and then possibly Michael Soroka (who was acquired in the Aaron Bummer deal) or some prospects.
That is not exactly a rotation that is going to turn things around quickly like owner Jerry Reinsdorf is hoping.
If the Sox are ever going to get back into contention, it must be a full-blown rebuild. That is why Dylan Cease needs to go.
The team is not going to pay him and probably will not be contending before the start of the 2025 season.
Plus, he has drawn a lot of interest in the trade market.
Reports have the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves coveting Cease. The Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles are also interested in trading for him.