GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Chicago White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease said he received a call from general manager Chris Getz Tuesday morning.

“(He) kind of gave me a heads up, just said there were rumors going around,” Cease said.

As a fresh round of trade speculation popped up, the right-hander went to work Tuesday night for the Sox against the Cincinnati Reds.

He looked his sharpest of the spring. And that’s saying something.

Cease struck out eight in 3 1/3 innings in the 14-1 victory at Goodyear Ballpark.

He allowed one run on two hits and walked one batter in the 63-pitch outing. He has a 2.16 ERA in three spring starts, with 14 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.

Cease was a popular player in trade talks all offseason. That buzz seemed to tail off shortly after spring training began. But as the season draws closer, reports of talks have resurfaced.

It never crossed his mind that he wouldn’t start Tuesday.

“It just is not something that’s really that big of a deal,” Cease said. “I mean, it’s out of my control. Really, I just want to perform. Either way, I mean, I don’t view it as a negative.”

Before the game, manager Pedro Grifol said he doesn’t worry about things like trade speculation.

“I don’t think Cease worries about it too much, either,” Grifol said. “He’s the perfect guy for this just because he is where his feet are. I am where my feet are. This is where we are at right now, this is what we need to do to prepare ourselves for our opening day. We’re doing that.

“If there’s stuff happening around the league, No. 1, I really don’t know about it because I don’t read any of that stuff. But if there is stuff happening around the league, that’s not something we can control anyway.”

Grifol named Cease the team’s opening-day starter well before camp began. Asked if he still expected Cease to be on the hill for the March 28 game against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field, Grifol said, “I don’t know. I mean, how am I supposed to know that? I don’t know what’s going to happen out there. I don’t know where other teams are, what their urgency is.

“I have no idea. I leave that to our major-league scouts, our general manager, the front office. My focus is right here on this team, making sure we’re checking every box. The objectives I feel we need to check before opening day. I’m not focused on that.”

Cease’s focus was squarely on the Reds.

He displayed a 97 mph fastball while striking out two in the first inning.

Cease allowed a solo home run to Jonathan India in the second inning, which also included three strikeouts.

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