Mar 15, 2024 - News

Padres swing blockbuster trade before Seoul Series

Dylan Cease

Dylan Cease pitches against the Boston Red Sox in 2023. Photo: Winslow Townson/Getty Images

The Padres swung their second blockbuster trade of the offseason, but this time they were the team adding a superstar.

State of play: San Diego acquired Dylan Cease, a right-handed pitcher who was runner-up for the AL Cy Young award in 2022 with the Chicago White Sox. He's expected to fortify their starting rotation.

Why it matters: The Soto trade stoked fears the Padres were headed for another rebuild, but flipping prospects for a star like Cease indicates the team still sees itself as a contender.

Follow the money: The Padres still significantly cut payroll from last year, per Fangraphs projections.

What's next: Cease joined the Padres just before their Thursday flight to South Korea for next week's Seoul Series.

  • They and the Los Angeles Dodgers will open the MLB regular season next Wednesday and Thursday as part of the Seoul Series.
  • The series also includes exhibition games, with the Padres playing Team Korea and the LG Twins.
  • They won't continue their regular season until Opening Day at Petco Park on March 28 against the San Francisco Giants.
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