MLB Rumors: One Team Out Of The Dylan Cease Sweepstakes

The New York Mets have shown interest in acquiring Dylan Cease from the Chicago White Sox to bolster their pitching rotation.

However, there are several factors that make a trade for Cease less likely.

First, Cease, who is under team control through 2025, experienced a decline in performance in 2023 with a 4.58 ERA, despite having strong seasons in 2021 and 2022.

Despite this, his advanced stats indicate a potential for a rebound, as he maintained high rates in whiffs, strikeouts, and preventing hitters from barreling the ball.

Furthermore, Mets president of baseball operations, David Stearns, has expressed reluctance to trade valuable prospects for rental players.

This cautious approach could be a significant factor in the Mets' decision-making process regarding a trade for Cease.

The White Sox, currently in a rebuilding phase, have indicated their openness to trading players, but it remains to be seen if the Mets' interest will culminate in a deal for Cease.

Considering these factors, it seems that while the Mets are exploring options to strengthen their rotation, including Cease, a trade may not materialize due to the team's strategic long-term planning and evaluation of Cease's recent performance. Photo Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports