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Cubs acquire Jacob Turner from Marlins

Aug 8, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

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Rather than lose Jacob Turner for nothing on waivers after designating him for assignment the Marlins have traded the 23-year-old right-hander to the Cubs for a pair of non-prospect minor leaguers, according to Keith Law of

Turner had an ugly 5.97 ERA in 78 innings for the Marlins this season, but he posted a 3.95 ERA in 30 starts between 2012 and 2013, ranked as a consensus top-50 prospect a couple years ago, and just turned 23 in May.

Miami’s decision to cut him loose was an odd one–especially since they might be calling up 36-year-old Brad Penny from Triple-A to take a roster spot soon–and the rebuilding Cubs taking a low-risk flier on Turner makes plenty of sense.

  1. pftpoetneedstogetsome - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Turner and 2 other prospects for Hamels.

  2. Caught Looking - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    The team did say they did their due diligence:

    • hittfamily - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Caught Looking….at the wrong article.

  3. Wesley Clark - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Excellent buy low candidate. Were the Rockies asleep at the wheel? Seems odd that they didn’t put in a claim here.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Houston had first dibs, followed by the White Sox and the Cubs. Colorado had 7th dibs on Turner. They could have made a claim; however 6 teams would have had to pass before the Rockies could have claimed him.

      • jeffchadwick - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        Try again. During the revocable waivers period, league mates of the waiving team’s get first priority. Ergo, in the case of Turner, the Rockies were first in line, then the Cubs. Every team in the NL would have had a crack at Turner before the Astros ever did.

  4. rosloe62 - Aug 8, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Great move Cubs. High reward potential!

  5. natstowngreg - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Mike Rizzo likes to say, there are no small deals. A kid one organization dumped can turn things around and be a bargain for another organization. Rizzo has an example of his own in Tanner Roark.

    Unlike Roark, Turner was a highly-regarded prospect. He goes to an organization that needs pitching talent. The Cubs aren’t contenders, so there’s no need to rush him as he learns his craft. Good move by the Cubs.

    • Old Gator - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      The Feesh weren’t “contenders” either, except in the delusional brain of Scrooge McLoria as vocalized by his factotums in the team front orifice. Turner was “rushed” because they were too cheap to go out and pay major league salaries for proven pitchers to staff their rotation.

  6. greatmiamisportsmind - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Your all excited about Jacob Turner? This guy is straight up garbage.

    • jerze2387 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Greatmiamisportsmind and cynical…Dan LeBatard? or, as i like to call him, Dan LeRetard

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Nope, I’m not Papi LeBatard, but I’ve seen most Marlins games this year. Enough to know that I’ll be doing something else by the 3rd inning when he’s pitching.

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