The White Sox will send top pitching prospect Dylan Cease to the mound during Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Tigers, per an official announcement. Cease has already been added to the 40-man roster, but has yet to make his MLB debut this year.
The 23-year-old right-hander currently ranks third-best in the White Sox system and 18th-best in the league. He was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte at the outset of the 2019 season and has pitched to mixed results with a 5-2 record in 15 starts and a 4.48 ERA, 4.2 BB/9, and 9.6 SO/9 across 68 1/3 innings so far. Although his adjustment to a higher caliber of competition has been a little bit slower than the White Sox might have liked to see, his track record at Single-A and Double-A — and the above-average fastball/curveball combo that earned him top billing in the first place — may point to future success in the majors.
According to comments given by manager Rick Renteria on Sunday, the club doesn’t intend to shelve Cease after his spot start on Wednesday. Barring disaster, it looks like the young righty will slot into the rotation on a regular basis, helping fill out the back part of a pitching staff that currently features fellow right-handers Lucas Giolito, Iván Nova, and Reynaldo López and lefty Ross Detwiler. Entering Sunday, the rotation collectively ranks just 22nd in the league with a 5.43 ERA and 3.8 fWAR this season.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.