The Cubs acquire former top prospect RHP Jacob Turner from Miami

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The Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner from the Miami Marlins for minor league right-handed pitchers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer.

To make room for Turner on the 40-man roster, outfielder Ryan Kalish was designated for assignment.

Turner, 23, was originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2009 Draft and was the centerpiece of the July 23, 2012, five-player trade that sent pitcher Anibal Sanchez to Detroit. After starting 2013 at Triple-A New Orleans, Turner joined the Marlins at the end of May and went 3-8 despite a 3.74 ERA (49 ER/118.0 IP) in 20 major league starts. Turner has split the 2014 campaign between Miami’s rotation and bullpen, going 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA (52 ER/78.1 IP) in 20 appearances, 12 as a starter.

After making his big league debut for Detroit with a brief three-start stint as a 20-year-old in 2011, Turner entered 2012 ranked as Detroit’s No. 1 prospect by Baseball America. Upon joining the Marlins organization in July, Turner made two starts for Triple-A New Orleans before earning a promotion to the Marlins, for whom he went 1-4 despite a 3.38 ERA (16 ER/42.2 IP) in seven starts.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Turner is a native of St. Charles, Mo., and was drafted by the Tigers out of Westminster Christian Academy after being named the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri. He made his professional debut in 2010, pitched in the Futures Game in 2011 and made his big league debut a couple of weeks later on July 30, 2011, at 20 years, 2 months and 9 days, becoming the youngest Tigers pitcher in more than 30 years.

Turner is 9-21 with a 4.77 ERA (140 ER/264.0 IP) in 53 major league appearances (45 starts) covering the last four seasons with Detroit (2011-12) and Miami (2012-14).

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The focus for the Cubs seems to have been on acquiring and promoting position players recently, and it’s nice to see some activity to get pitchers, rather than getting rid of them (e.g. Samardzija). With the “performance”* of Edwin Jackson, and the contract he has ($11M/year thru 2016), I’m surprised he hasn’t been dealt. (* 2 wins in his last 10 starts, with game ERAs > 5 for each of those 8 losses; season overall winning .333; ERA 5.6.) Since the Cubs are losing the majority of his games anyway, why not trade him, and let some of the young arms start getting some MLB experience?
Cubs announcers Deshaies & Kasper even were struggling to provide some positive comments in his 7/24 game against San Diego, talking about needing starting pitchers to churn innings and go deeper into the ball games, so the bullpen can get some rest.

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