I've been going back and forth on what I think Dylan Cease's trade value is on this market. Sending both Nolan Gorman and Tink Hence would be a tough pill to swallow, but one that could end up being needed.
Here's why I'll grade this deal lower. I think both sides have problems with how this package is put together.
From the White Sox perspective, I'm sure they'd love to get both Gorman and Hence, but I also think they likely want a package, not just two higher-valued pieces in return. The White Sox are a mess of an organization right now, and desperately need infusions of talent at every level. While this does not mean they are going to take a bunch of scarp parts for Cease, I do think they may end up wanting a well rounded package.
From the Cardinals' perspective, giving up Gorman is a really tough sell both to fans and the organization itself. I do think if push comes to shove, they'll entertain trading Gorman in a deal like this, especially with the uncertainty around his back long term, but I believe they'd much rather give up prospects than Gorman.
Hence I do think is something that both teams would agree on moving. Not that the Cardinals want to move on from Hence, but if they can get a front-line starter now with two years of control like Cease, I believe they'd be open to that.
We have another Cease package that I'll grade later on, but for now, I think this is an okay package that both sides would want to make changes to.