Sometimes things come full circle. In 2017, the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs made a trade that changed things for each franchise. The White Sox sent Jose Quintana to the Cubs for Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, and two other prospects. We all know by now that the White Sox fleeced the Cubs in that trade because Jimenez is a superstar and Quintana was mediocre to bad for the Cubs. Cease being an MLB pitcher was just a nice little extra treat.
Cease could also still develop into a star pitcher because his stuff is that good. He has had command issues but he is about five or six starts away from breaking out if you look at the numbers deeply. Sending him back to the Cubs in a trade involving Kyle Hendricks would be worth it. The Cubs would be getting one half of that awful trade they made (good for the White Sox) back and he could really boom for their rotation.
Andrew Dalquist is the White Sox number ten prospect. Getting Cease and another top-ten White Sox prospect would certainly improve the Cubs’ chances of having a good rotation in the near future. Neither of them is a lock to be a star but they could both be very good MLB pitchers, especially Cease. Adam Engel is a nice throw-in who can play every outfield position at a Gold Glove level. The Cubs getting all of these guys could help them in the present and beyond.