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Raiding the AL Central for new Detroit Tigers

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) makes a throw to first base for an out during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) makes a throw to first base for an out during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease (84) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers Target: Chicago White Sox SP Dylan Cease

This was the most challenging team to choose from, because the White Sox roster is filled with talented players, including Tim Anderson and Luis Robert. But I decided to select Dylan Cease because he is still just 26 and would provide a great deal of help to the Detroit Tigers rotation. He could instantly step in and be a number 3 or 4 starter, with the potential to front the rotation if he keeps developing.

Dylan Cease offers a full arsenal of quality pitches, including a curve, a changeup, a fastball, and a slider. With this mix of pitches he gets a lot of strikeouts and regularly pitches into the 6th inning. In 36 starts over the last two seasons, Cease owns 3.84 ERA with 254 strikeouts in 187.2 innings.

With no clear number 5 starter for the Tigers, and injuries to Matt Manning and Casey Mize to start the year, the Tigers could use Cease in their rotation. Even when Mize and Manning are healthy enough to play again, they could use Cease as a starter. A rotation of Rodriguez, Mize, Cease, Skubal, and Manning would make the Tigers a real threat in the American League.

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