Top MLB Team In Trade Talks With White Sox For Dylan Cease

The Atlanta Braves are reportedly in ongoing trade discussions with the Chicago White Sox for right-hander Dylan Cease.

This development comes after the Braves missed out on free-agent starters Aaron Nola and Sonny Gray, leading them to explore trade options more seriously.

The White Sox, coming off a disappointing 2023 season that resulted in significant changes in their baseball operations leadership, are open to trades, with Cease being a prime candidate due to his two remaining years of club control and his appeal as a trade asset​​.

Cease, who turns 28 next month, had a standout 2022 season, finishing as the American League Cy Young runner-up.

However, his 2023 performance saw a downturn, with his ERA rising to 4.58 over 177 innings, a decrease in fastball velocity, and a decline in strikeout rate.

Despite these setbacks, Cease still maintains high velocity and bat-missing capabilities, making him a valuable trade asset, especially considering his projected salary of $8.8 million, which is viewed as a bargain compared to other options in the market​​.

The Braves' current rotation includes Spencer Strider, Max Fried, Charlie Morton, and Bryce Elder, with others competing for the fifth spot.

Financially, the Braves are already above the luxury tax threshold, and trading for Cease would be more cost-effective compared to signing free agents, as it would entail a lower luxury tax penalty.

Furthermore, Cease is originally from the Atlanta area, which might make an extension more feasible​​.

The Braves have a history of trading with the White Sox, including a recent trade for Aaron Bummer.

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