Dylan Cease Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 195 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/28/1995 (27)
Dylan Cease Season Stats
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Dylan Cease News
Chicago White Sox new general manager Chris Getz is telling teams he will likely wait to move right-hander Dylan Cease until after the top free-agent starting pitchers sign this offseason, according to major-league sources briefed on the discussions. The urgency of certain teams will only increase if they miss out on top free-agent pitching names like Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell and others. The Los Angeles Dodgers need multiple starters, and the St. Louis Cardinals remain interested in Cease, even after already signing Sonny Gray, Kyle Gibson and Lance Lynn. The Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles could be sleepers to trade for Cease, who is 28 years old and still under club control for two more years.
The St. Louis Cardinals are showing interest in trading for White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease. Rumors surrounding a Cease trade have intensified over the last 24 hours and it is believed a trade could get done sooner than later. The Cardinals' interest is intriguing as they have already made significant rotation splashes this winter with the additions of free agent right-handers Sonny Gray, Lance Lynn, and Kyle Gibson as they completely re-make their starting rotation. Cease was the AL Cy Young runner-up in 2022 when he tossed a 2.20 ERA across 32 starts but he took a step back in 2023, working to a 4.58 ERA across 33 outings. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old takes the ball every fifth day, boasts big-time strikeout numbers, and is under club control through the 2025 campaign.
Trade talks for Chicago White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease have intensified in the last 48 hours, and some people close to the negotiations believe a deal before next week's winter meetings is increasingly possible, according to sources. Cease's hometown Atlanta Braves are among the finalists, and we also know that the Los Angeles Dodgers are very serious about him as they look for starting-pitching upgrades this winter. The 27-year-old was the runner-up in American League Cy Young voting in 2022 but took a step back this past season by going 7-9 with a 4.58 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with 214 strikeouts and a career-high 79 walks in 33 starts (177 innings). Cease can be wild, but his strikeout upside is enticing and he's under club control through the 2025 season.
Cease was a true breakout in 2022, posting a sick 2.20 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP on his way to finishing second in Cy Young voting. He stymied hitters all year long, posting a .255 xwOBA while posting a top-ten strikeout rate of 30.5%. The strikeout rate is backed up by an elite swinging-strike rate (15.8%, sixth-best in the league), and with two great pitches in his arsenal (four-seamer and slider), we should expect the high strikeout rate to stick around indefinitely. The worrisome part of the profile is the walk rate of 10.2%. Only eight pitchers with 20+ GS in 2022 had a worse walk rate, and that does make the 1.11 WHIP a bit harder to believe in. This has long been a problem for him, as his career walk rate sits at 10.6%. I'm not sure we can really count on serious improvement there in 2023, which should leave us pessimistic that Cease can put up another Cy Young-caliber season. He's young enough (27) to still improve on that, and having a strikeout rate above 30% wipes out plenty of those free passes, but I'm not convinced Cease should be drafted in the top five at SP, which he currently is. You may be better off focusing on pitchers with lower walk rates to serve as your fantasy team's ace.