Insider Links Surprising Team In Trade Rumors For Dylan Cease

The Seattle Mariners' interest in acquiring Dylan Cease from the Chicago White Sox is a topic of considerable speculation in the baseball world.

Despite the Mariners having one of the best starting rotations in the league, the possibility of adding Cease, a 2022 AL Cy Young finalist, has been brought up by MLB Network's Jon Morosi​.

Cease's performance has been a mix of highs and lows. In 2022, he had an impressive 14-8 record with a 2.20 ERA, but in 2023, he regressed to 7-9 with a 4.58 ERA.

Despite this, he remains an attractive candidate due to his strong strikeout rate and potential for improvement, particularly given his affordability and control for multiple years​​.

The Mariners' interest in Cease, however, raises questions, particularly regarding their more pressing need for offense.

Jon Morosi has suggested that acquiring a starting pitcher like Cease could allow the Mariners to trade prospects such as Bryce Miller or Bryan Woo for a significant offensive player.

This strategy aligns with the Mariners' inability to secure a major free agent bat, apart from Mitch Garver​.

In terms of potential trade deals, names like Cole Young, Tyler Locklear, and Jose Caballero have been mentioned as possible trade pieces from the Mariners to the White Sox​.

While the Mariners are undoubtedly considering various options to bolster their lineup and rotation, the cost of acquiring Cease might be a deterrent. Photo Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports