Cubs acquire Jacob Turner for two minor leaguers
The Cubs have traded for 23-year-old pitcher Jacob Turner, sending two Class A relievers back to the Marlins.
It was expected due to the following chronology and factors.
1. Turner was designated for assignment and put on revocable waivers.
2. The Cubs were second in line (reverse order of NL standings) to claim Turner and did so.
3. The Marlins had two days to either pull Turner back -- but since they designated him for assignment, they'd then have to put him on irrevocable waivers -- or agree to a trade with the Cubs.
So the minor trade has happened, with the Marlins getting two lower-level relievers in Tyler Bremer and Jose Arias.
Turner has been pretty terrible for the Marlins this season, going 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. As I mentioned earlier this week, though, several of his peripherals indicate quite a bit of bad fortune and he's only 23 years old. The former first-rounder was once a consensus top-15 pick in all of baseball and was the main part of the Marlins' return in dealing Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to Detroit in 2012.
We can't expect Turner to become a frontline pitcher -- though I suppose it's possible -- but he joins a glut of guys with enough upside to profile as a fourth or fifth starter down the road, such as Felix Doubront, Dan Straily, Dallas Beeler, Eric Jokisch, etc.
It's good depth to have that many possible options behind Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Travis Wood; meantime, the Cubs are expected to be big spenders on pitching in the near future, as can be ascertained from their flirtations with Cole Hamels this week.
Bremer, 24, has a 3.10 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 52 1/3 relief innings this season across Class A (28 appearances) and High-A (eight appearances).
Arias, 23, has a 2.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 43 1/3 relief innings across Rookie Ball (two appearances) and Class A (25 appearances) this season.