Yankees can’t afford to bleed further for Dylan Cease
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The New York Yankees, eager to bolster their pitching rotation, have set their sights on a potential trade with the Chicago White Sox for right-hander Dylan Cease. While both teams acknowledge the appeal, lingering questions surround the potential cost and long-term implications.
Touted as “Gerrit Cole Lite,” Cease boasts a similar arsenal and pitching style. The distinction lies in their strikeout sources, with Cole relying on his fastball, while Cease showcases his slider as a signature weapon. “A second Gerrit Cole” could be a valuable consolation prize, considering the potential absence of a Yamamoto-level ace or another blockbuster Soto-esque trade.
A Dylan Cease trade is likely to bleed Yankees more
The Yankees are certainly interested in Cease, who can be an additional proven starter in the Bronx. MLB.com’s David Adler suggests a substantial package, including infielder Oswald Peraza, utility man Oswaldo Cabrera, catcher Austin Wells (Yankees’ No. 7 prospect), and right-hander prospect Will Warren to seal a deal for him with the White Sox.
However, securing Cease may demand more. The White Sox, in the midst of a rebuilding phase after two challenging seasons, reportedly have their eyes on the Yankees’ top prospect, Jasson Domínguez, a player the Yankees may be reluctant to part with.
Adler proposes an alternative scenario, suggesting a package of promising young players. Peraza and Wells could address immediate needs in Chicago’s infield and catching positions, while Warren provides valuable pitching depth. Yet, for the Yankees, a crucial consideration arises: is it worthwhile to surrender multiple talented prospects to acquire Cease, especially given the substantial price paid for Juan Soto in the previous year?
Chicago wants a big return from Cease trade
Ultimately, the decision rests in the hands of the new White Sox GM, Chris Getz, who seeks a significant return for the 26-year-old Cease, particularly with two years of team control remaining. Despite a challenging 2023 season, Cease remains a former Cy Young runner-up (2022) and a proven strikeout machine, boasting three consecutive seasons with over 200 strikeouts.
Can the Yankees secure Cease without depleting their prospect capital excessively? Or will they need to explore more affordable (and potentially less potent) options to fortify their rotation? The outcome remains uncertain, and only time will reveal if the Bronx Bombers can strike a deal that enhances their pitching staff without compromising their future.
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