2. Dylan Cease, RHP
It's not every day that a former Cy Young finalist is potentially available. That's why the Rangers must take advantage of the White Sox's dumpster fire by inquiring about Dylan Cease's availability.
The 27-year-old right-handed starter is having somewhat of a down year in 2023. He's on pace to finish with a sub-.500 winning percentage (45.5%) for the first time since he was a rookie, pitching to a 4.50 ERA and a 1.413 WHIP along the way.
Still, it isn't all bad. Cease is averaging 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings with a 26.7% strikeout ratio, which is above the MLB average of 22.9%, per Baseball Reference.
Having said that, it's important to recall that Cease is only one season removed from finishing second in the AL Cy Young voting. He went 14-8 with a 2.20 ERA in 32 starts during the 2022 campaign and if he can find enough confidence to return to that level, Texas' rotation would be even more lethal next year.
With Jordan Montgomery and Martin Perez set to hit free agency (along with Max Scherzer and Andrew Heaney having player options), the Rangers need someone of Cease's caliber to join the rotation.
He's also arbitration-eligible in both 2024 and 2025, meaning he'd likely be more than just a one-year rental.