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Chicago White Sox Reportedly in Trade Talks With National League Powerhouse

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Chicago White Sox are in trade talks with the Los Angeles Dodgers regarding Dylan Cease.

The Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly in trade talks over starting pitcher Dylan Cease.

The report came from Bob Nightengale of USA Today:

– The Los Angeles Dodgers are in trade talks with the Chicago White Sox in an attempt to acquire ace Dylan Cease. The Dodgers badly need pitching help, and the White Sox badly need to rebuild their roster.

“I’ve made it very clear that the White Sox are willing to listen in on any of our players," White Sox GM Chris Getz said. 

Getz has said that on multiple occasions and it has proven true already this offseason. The team dealt top reliever Aaron Bummer to the Atlanta Braves this week already.

While a trade of Cease could be painful for Sox fans, it could help re-jumpstart the path to contention. The White Sox just need talent, and Cease is one of the best remaining assets on the roster that could net that.

Chicago finished with the third-worst record in the American League this past season.

The 27-year-old Cease struggled in 2023, just as the White Sox did. He went 7-9 with a 4.58 ERA. He's still an elite strikeout artist, fanning 214 batters in 177.0 innings. Lifetime, he's 43-35 with a 4.58 ERA. He finished second in American League Cy Young voting in 2022.

As for the Dodgers, they definitely do need pitching help. Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May each underwent season-ending surgeries this past year, Clayton Kershaw is out the first few months of next season because of injury (if he even plays at all, he could retire), and Julio Urias is a free agent.

The Dodgers were bounced in the NLDS by the Arizona Diamondbacks in three games.

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