Dylan Cease hasn't had long-term extension talks with White Sox yet, but he's certainly open to it

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(670 The Score) After establishing himself as one of the elite pitchers in MLB in 2022, White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease would be open to discussing a long-term contract extension with the organization that he loves playing for.

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Cease and the White Sox recently avoided arbitration by agreeing on a $5.7-million payday for him in 2023, but given his rise and importance to the club, his long-term future has naturally become a topic of conversation. The 27-year-old Cease is under club control through 2025.

"I would certainly be open to a fair deal,” the 27-year-old Cease said.

"As far as I know, there is nothing in the works in that regard right now. I really love Chicago. I would always be open to have a dialogue about that for sure.”

Cease was the American League Cy Young runner-up in 2022 after going 14-8 with a 2.20 ERA (third in MLB) and 1.11 WHIP while striking out 227 batters in 184 innings across 32 starts. He now wants to build off of that, as it came with the disappointment of the White Sox struggling with an 81-81 record.

"Obviously we had such high expectations for last year,” Cease said. “If you take pride in what you are doing and really take last year to heart, failing and losing like that hurts. So if we do take that to heart and do use that as a chip on your shoulder for extra motivation, that would be a positive. Personally, my motivation is that what I did last year is not a given. If I show up and don't do the work this season, it's not going to happen. So for me, I just want to perform well and contribute to a winning team.”

Cease has plenty to prove personally, as he didn’t receive All-Star honors in 2022 despite a strong first half of the season.

"I admit the whole thing was pretty annoying,” Cease said. “I let it go a while ago. It's just a part of the story (from last year.).”

As he prepares for the new season, Cease plans to have a lighter workload than usual early in spring training.

"In the past, a lot of things had to be worked out,” Cease said. “Now it's about making sure I am prepared and my body is good for the long run. That is a little more important right now. I can now fine-tune some of the little things as opposed to doing a whole lot of work upfront.”

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.

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