According to multiple reports, the Cubs claimed RHP Jacob Turner off of waivers from the Miami Marlins. Turner was designated for assignment Tuesday after posting a 4-7 record in 20 games, 12 starts, for Miami this season with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.
The Cubs have two days (48 ½ business hours) to work out a trade for Jacob Turner. The Marlins placed Turner on revocable trade waivers so Miami can elect to pull him back and not trade him to the Cubs.
The Cubs have been interested in the once highly touted pitching prospect since he was in the Tigers system. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were linked to Turner in the talks with Detroit for Matt Garza in the 2011-2012 off-season after Epstein and Hoyer took over baseball operations for the Cubs. Jacob Turner was traded to the Marlins, along with Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn, to Detroit for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante in July of 2012.
The 23-year old right hander was immediately thought of as an option for the Cubs as soon as he was designated for assignment. Turner has a big arm (90-95 mph fastball) and the former first round pick fits in with the Cubs plan to find projectable arms for the rotation.
Jacob Turner gave up 106 hits with 23 walks and 54 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings for the Marlins this season and last pitched on Aug. 3 against the Reds. Turner gave up five runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts in four innings. Turner pitched in two games in High-A ball this season and was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP.
Due to the Major League contract he signed after he was drafted, Jacob Turner is out of minor league options. The Cubs would have to open a spot on the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 40 players, as well as place him on the active 25-man roster. The Cubs could always find a way to stash him on the disabled list until the roster expands on Sept. 1.
Jacob Turner is not arbitration eligible until the 2016 season and would remain under the Cubs control through the 2018 season. Scott Boras represents Turner.