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White Sox open to trade of Cy Young finalist?

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Sep 1, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detailed view of Chicago White Sox hat and glove against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox have a new person in charge of their front office, and they seem to be ready to make some major changes.

Over the weekend, the White Sox cut loose former AL batting champion Tim Anderson. On Sunday, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported in a lengthy notes column that the White Sox are open to trading Dylan Cease. Nightengale made clear that while the White Sox are not actively shopping Cease, they are willing to listen to offers for him.

Cease has a lot to offer potential teams.

In five seasons with the White Sox, Cease has gone 43-35 with a 3.83 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He realized his full potential in 2022 when he went 14-8 with a 2.20 ERA and finished second in AL Cy Young Award voting.

A durable pitcher, Cease made 33 starts last season and 32 in each of the two prior years. Much like many other White Sox players, Cease underachieved in 2023 and went 7-9 with a 4.58 ERA. He allowed 172 hits in 177 innings — a much higher amount than he had allowed in 2021 or 2022.

Cease is under team control for the next two seasons. The 27-year-old pitcher is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2025 season.

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