Works for me, as long as the first piece is a Norby type! Only one of Ortiz/Westburg/Cowser/Kjerstad should be traded for Cease. Let them pick one of them and a couple in the 8-15 range then a lottery pick or two if needed. But giving up 2 of those is to pricy for the return. I like Cease, but personally value him as a very solid #3 starter. Sure, he COULD perform better than that, but I wouldn't bet on it. Maybe he reverts back to his 2022 form, but I think it more likely that what we get is what we saw from him in 2023, with an improvement in numbers due to the defense behind him.
Cease is a solid MLB starting pitcher with 2 years of control who's team has clearly made it known that he's available. Of course there is a lot of interest. There is a lot of interest in the Orioles' prospects, as well. Fans of both teams are hopeful that their team will get maximum value for their assets in any trade. I'm sure that it is sometimes difficult for GMs to reach a meeting of the minds on a player's value, in which case they need to work out a restructure of the discussed deal that may not include that player. I think Elias' opinion on Ortiz is likely to be pretty close to what posters on this site are telling you. If the White Sox GM views Ortiz as you do, it would seem that a deal between the two teams would most likely not have Ortiz included. I'm sure that isn't all that unusual and the GMs just turn the page and look at working out a trade involving other players/prospects.
What confuses me is that you seem to rate Ortiz lower than we do and lower than the various sites rate him, but would like a trade of Cease for Cowser and Ortiz. I'm against that deal because I think 2 prospects rated that highly would be an overpay. It seems to me, you agree. You simply rate Ortiz lower. Seems to me that the answer in such an impasse that would make both parties happy would be to replace Ortiz with another prospect that is lower rated than Ortiz -- which would be of equal value in your mind, since you rate Ortiz lower and still think the proposed trade is a fair one. Make sense? Maybe replace Ortiz with Norby.