Opinion: Dylan Cease an Option for Red Sox?

Cease

The rumors keep swirling for the Boston Red Sox as they need a top-of-the-line starting pitcher among another arm or even two for their starting rotation entering 2024. Corbin Burnes and Shane Bieber have been names thrown around, and another one that has been popping up since before the 2023 season began is Chicago White Sox RHP Dylan Cease, but the rumor is saying the Red Sox the potential options to leave Boston would be 2B Nick Yorke and 1B/3B Blaze Jordan. If that is the case and that would be what it takes to get this deal done, then it’s a no-brainer.

Trade Options By The Numbers

Dylan Cease

Cease has pitched for the White Sox for five seasons, going 43-35 in 123 starts with a 3.83 ERA; he has a career 3.86 FIP, a 1.30 WHIP, a 1.1 HR/9, a 4.0 BB/9, and a 10.8 K/9. This season, he made 33 starts, going 7-9 with a 4.58 ERA, a 3.72 FIP, a 1.41 WHIP, a 1.0 HR/9, a 4.0 BB/9, and a 10.9 K/9. In 2022, he finished second in the Cy Young voting, going 14-8 with a 2.20 ERA, a 3.10 FIP, a 1.10 WHIP, a 0.8 HR/9, a 3.8 BB/9, and an 11.1 K/9. Cease also isn’t a free agent until 2026.

Nick Yorke

Yorke was drafted 17th overall by the Red Sox in the 2020 draft. This season, he played 110 games at Double-A Portland, slashing .268/.350/.435 with a .785 OPS; he had 25 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs, 61 RBI, 74 runs scored, 18 stolen bases, and 51 walks.

Blaze Jordan

The Red Sox drafted Jordan in the third round of the 2020 draft. This season, he played in High-A and Double-A, combining to play in 122 games, and he slashed .296/.351/.481 with a .832 OPS; he had 32 doubles, one triple, 18 home runs, 86 RBI, 67 runs scored, two stolen bases, and 40 walks.

CJ

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