Towards the end of the MLB offseason, the White Sox became increasingly clear about their plans for key player Dylan Cease.
In November, insider reports suggested there was a 90 percent chance the starter would be traded by Opening Day. Now, with pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training on Wednesday, White Sox general manager Chris Getz made it clear that he has no problem sticking with Cease for the foreseeable future.
“At this point, my expectation is that Dylan Cease will be our Opening Day starter,” Getz told reporters in a Zoom session on Monday. “He’s had a great offseason. I’m in regular contact with him and I know his name has been mentioned publicly with potential trades and, unsurprisingly, that hasn’t affected him. He’s so professional.” [and] I just focused on the task at hand. So I’m looking forward to seeing him in a few days and I’m sure he’s well placed to have an excellent year.”
Since January, word has spread around the MLB that the White Sox are demanding “the sun and the moon” in return for the right-handed ace, with ESPN reporting that Cease would likely remain on the South Side through the trade deadline.
“There is no pressure on them to lower their asking price,” one executive told ESPN’s Buster Olney. “They will get what they want at the (trade) deadline.”
Getz himself has made it clear that he will not give in on the price.
“When you have someone like Dylan Cease [caliber] and the way he prepares and the lifestyle that he lives, the even temperament that he operates with, and of course the talent and stuff, that’s a rarity,” Getz said on MLB Network Radio on Sunday. “…I think very highly of Dylan.” Stop. I feel very comfortable going into spring training and the season with Dylan.”
Although Cease wasn’t exactly a standout in 2023, he showed off his skills in 2022 and delivered a near-perfect performance throughout the entire season. He pitched nearly 200 innings and maintained a 2.20 ERA in his starts. He also struck out 227 batters that season.
“I have to keep an eye on the health of the organization and when I feel like it [a trade] “This is something we should do to make ourselves better in the short and long term. I think you have to think about it carefully,” said Getz. “…Teams are still calling.” They’re still trying to work on a deal that works for both sides.
“If there’s a match somewhere, we’ll do it.”
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