3. Reds could trade for White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease during the offseason.
There was a lot of chatter surrounding Dylan Cease at the trade deadline on Tuesday. Unlike the two Seattle Mariners' hurlers, Cease has already reached his arbitration window, but is still under team control through 2025.
Cease is an interesting case. The right-hander may not cost as much in terms of prospect capital, but the Chicago White Sox aren't just going to give him away. The South Siders began to restock their farm system this past week after dealing away Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, and Keynan Middleton.
But Chicago still has Luis Robert, Tim Anderson, and Eloy Jimenez under contract heading into 2023. Both Anderson and JImenez were rumored to be on the trade block before yesterday's deadline.
The White Sox don't necessarily have a clear direction, but with the right mix of talent, Chicago could be right back in the thick of a weak American League Central Division by 2025 with the right mix of trades during the offseason.
Both the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers were said to be in on Dylan Cease before the trade deadline came and went, so you'd have to assume that both ball clubs will be chasing the right-hander once the offseason rolls around. Both the Orioles and Dodgers deep farm systems.
The Cincinnati Reds stuck to their plan at the trade deadline. With the team ahead of schedule, Reds GM Nick Krall said that the plan was to continue to build from within while drafting and developing their own talent. But don't think that the Reds will sleepwalk through the offseason without making a trade or two.