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Are the Marlins ditching 23-year-old Jacob Turner for 36-year-old Brad Penny?

Aug 6, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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Not only did the Marlins surprise a lot of people by designating for assignment one-time top prospect Jacob Turner–who at 23 years old still has plenty of upside–they’re apparently thinking of replacing him in the rotation with 36-year-old Brad Penny.

Seriously. John Perrotto of the Miami Herald reports that calling up Penny from Triple-A “is a strong possibility” in part because he has an opt-out clause in his minor-league contract.

Penny has a 2.28 ERA five starts at Triple-A, but he’s also allowed 35 baserunners in 28 innings and, more importantly, hasn’t posted an ERA under 5.00 in the big leagues since 2010.

  1. clemente2 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Aaagghhh. Turner was showing lots of flashes of being the pitcher he was projected to be. Should just let him pitch.

    • maddog11896 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Well on a team that thinks it’s contending, you can’t afford the miscues he was making

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    I wonder who will claim Turner? There should be several teams that try to claim him.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      He was claimed by the Cubs.

  3. carpi2 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    SInce Turner was designated for assignment, does he get put on waivers? Or, does he just report straight to Triple-A?

    • geoknows - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      When a player is designated for assignment the team has ten days to do one of three things:

      1. Trade him
      2. Release him
      3. Put him on waivers

      • carpi2 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        GeoKnows, thanks for the info. I wasn;t sure if a player’s number of years MLB service factored into the designation process.

    • bfunk1978 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      To add on to what geoknows wrote, the player can only be sent back to AAA if he has option years remaining. Since he’s never had a full year in the majors that means he was optioned at different points in past years. Out of options, has to be DFA.

  4. sportsguygerald - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Rangers should jump all over him. I think he just needs time for the light to come on. Kid has talent, just needs to learn how to use it

  5. timmmah10 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    35 base runners in 28 innings IS a 1.25 WHIP. I know that it’s not stellar, but it’s not like he’s in the 1.5 range… He’s been fortunate to have an ERA that low, but the WHIP doesn’t suggest that he should be sporting a 5+ ERA or anything…

    Jake Turner didn’t have an out pitches. He didn’t appear to be getting better. The kid needs more seasoning but a release was kind of ridiculous.

    Marlins should have traded Stanton and rebuilt. Now they are going to be rebuilding for a long long time… or they are going to go on a free agent spending spree again and further push their rebuild…

    Good to see Penny fight out of the minors and back to the show. I can’t imagine he’s going to be very effective, but I’m sure he can put up better numbers than Turner did this year…

  6. Old Gator - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    This is not a difficult question to answer. Despite the fact that Turner clearly needed seasoning and instruction, the Feesh kept returning him to the big club and ran him out of options because Scrooge McLoria was too cheap to go out and sign or trade for a decent pitcher with a real major league salary. Now they can’t send him down anymore, and with his confidence beaten up – see “Andrew Miller,” another pitcher now finally establishing himself whose self-confidence Scrooge destroyed in exactly the same way – he becomes expendable. Mike Redmond, who is quickly discovering the art of dilating his job security by mouthing the McLoria party line – said yesterday that “we didn’t think we could help him anymore.”

    Right. Without being able to send him down again, they couldn’t. Scrooge McLoria has exhibited the same pattern over and over again with young talent that doesn’t pan out: unwilling to let these kids mature in the minors when they’re cheap fodder on the big club, he becomes angry and frustrated when they don’t work miracles for him and cuts them orf rather than, in his eyes, let their failure continue to embarrass him.

    This just makes the Sanchez/Infante trade look even worse, yet another disastrous, impecuneity-driven transaction ordered by this rancid ownership. Unfortunately, Larry Beinfest will bear the brunt of the blame for yet another Hindenburg of a Feesh trade to go with Miggy and the others, but I seriously question whether Beinfest wanted to unload such a string of emerging solid ballplayers in the first place.

    I don’t know how much better Turner might have been if he’d been left to mature at an organic pace, but I do know that the odds were sorely stacked against him here in Macondo. He has terrific stuff. In addition to being rushed, clearly, as good as the Feesh may be at identifying prospects, they’re not very good at refining them into solid major leaguers. There will occasionally be the phenom like El Keed, and the guys like Glad Hand, who now seems to be coming into his own, who got the time they needed in the basement to work out their bugs. But more often, as long as this crooked, lying, bloodsucking martinet owns this team, there are going to be more needless casualties like Turner than the success stories.

    • Uncle Charlie - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      An actual post about something directly related to baseball…clap, clap, clap.

      • Old Gator - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        I doubt if anyone is interested in your venereal diseases.

  7. aiede - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    In his shadowy lair in Detroit, Dave Dombrowski hangs a photo of Jacob Turner on his “Great Wall of Touted Prospects Who Never Panned Out Whom I Traded For Productive Major Leaguers.”

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