Orioles Rumors: Nola near miss, Dylan Cease, Josh Hader and other top bullpen arms

It appears as though the Orioles may actually be looking to be aggressive this offseason.
Sep 29, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease (84) delivers a
Sep 29, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease (84) delivers a / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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Orioles Rumors: MLB Insider thinks that Baltimore needs to make a play for Dylan Cease

The starting pitching trade market is in a weird place at the moment as the entire offseason is basically on hold until Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto decide where they are going to play. Once those guys eliminate some more teams from the running, we should see more free agent starters start to sign which should, in theory, create more urgency on the trade market.

Case in point is Dylan Cease who the White Sox have said pretty openly that they are not likely to move until later in the offseason. The idea here is that Chicago believes (and they are probably right) that they will be able to get a better return for Cease once there is less starting pitching available and teams get more desperate later in the offseason.

Given the Orioles' need to add a starter, it would logically make sense for them to check in on Cease's price tag and one MLB insider seems to agree as USA Today's Bob Nightengale recently argued that the Orioles should push hard to trade for the White Sox ace.

Baltimore certainly has the prospects to get a deal done as they have arguably the deepest farm system in baseball and getting two years of team control of Cease at a reasonable payroll number has to be appealing. However, Baltimore has been very reticent to part with higher end prospects and it is unclear as to whether or not they are going to change their minds for Cease especially after he had a down season in 2023.

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