Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty ImagesThe Atlanta Braves followed up a regular season in which they were indisputably the best team in baseball at 104-58 by being swept in the divisional round of the playoffs by the Philadelphia Phillies, thanks in part to poor pitching.
In fact, the Braves did not allow fewer than three runs in any game after September 13.
As explosive as they were offensively, their rotation and bullpen became a liability, so it makes sense the organization would look to both free agency and the trade market for a legitimate starter it can pair with Spencer Strider and Max Fried.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported. “Dylan Cease trade talks have intensified in the last 48 hours, and some people close to the negotiations believe a deal *before* the winter meetings is increasingly possible. Cease’s hometown Braves are among the finalists.”
Cease had a disappointing season on the heels of a 2022 campaign that saw him place second in the AL Cy Young race. He finished this season with a 7-9 record, an ERA of 4.58, and a WHIP of 1.418.
None of that is particularly good, but Cease played for a bad White Sox team that was in the headlines more for potential trades of star players than wins.
A fresh start in Atlanta, for a winning team capable of capturing a World Series title, is exactly what the young ace needs to return to form. In return, Chicago can acquire some prospects from the Braves and replenish a farm system that is devoid of obvious future stars.
It is a win-win for both sides, if the Braves can fend off the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are also interested and face the same needs.
Source : Bleacher Report