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Trade talks surrounding White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease have quieted down in recent weeks as the team's first-year general manager has set a high asking price and shown no desire to back down. GM Getz stated that he expects Cease to be the Opening Day starter, indicating that a trade is unlikely.
"I expect [Cease] to be our Opening Day starter"
While Getz didn't completely rule out a trade if the right offer came along, the likelihood of a deal appears to be decreasing as the season approaches. Cease was initially seen as a trade candidate due to the team's active offseason and Getz stating that he didn't like the team's current roster. However, recent statements suggest that Cease will remain with the White Sox.
That said, Getz also didn't need to go out of his way to frame it as likely that Cease would be on the Opening Day roster, either. Choosing to voice that is a firmer stance than speaking in generalities about remaining open-minded and considering all avenues."
The White Sox have been active in making trades to improve their defense, and early talks with free agent pitchers this winter showed a hesitance to make a move. This suggests that the team is focused on keeping Cease and building a strong roster for the upcoming season.
Many of the Sox' dealings have focused on improving the defense; Getz said in today's media session that early talks with free agent pitchers this winter showed a reluctan