5. Reds could trade for White Sox RHP Dylan Cease & sign him to an extension
Okay, we've finally come to the name that everyone is Reds Country will be clamoring for, and has been since the MLB trade deadline. Yes, Dylan Cease could certainly be an upgrade for the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff. The problem is, everyone and the brother is going to be gunning for Cease.
The starting pitching market isn't going to be overflowing with top-flight talent. Aaron Nola, Blake Snell, and Jordan Montgomery will probably be the top names that high-dollar franchises will be looking to add this winter.
But with the Chicago White Sox in freefall after last season's disaster, it's very hard to see the South Siders holding on to any player other than Luis Robert. With that mind, Cease could be had by the highest bidder.
Will that be the Reds? Cincinnati's farm system is loaded, and with plenty of young players who would no doubt tempt the White Sox to make a deal. It's not so much a matter of if the Reds have what it would take to make a deal, but rather would they be willing to pay the high price?
Dylan Cease is a terrfic pitcher who owns a four-seamer in the mid-to-high 90s. The right-hander struck out more than 27-percent of the batters he faced in 2023 and has started over 32 games the past three seasons.
Cease is just 27 years old and under team control for two more seasons. But if the Cincinanti Reds made this type of trade, it would be essential to lock up Cease for the foreseeable future.