The Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins have come to an agreement on a deal that sends right-hander Jacob Turner to Chicago, in exchange for minor league righties Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer.
The Marlins recently designated the former 9th overall pick for assignment and placed him on waivers, where the Cubs placed a claim on him. Turner will be another work in progress for the Cubs, as they have been able to already rejuvenate the careers of Jason Hammel and Jake Arrieta, and are hoping to rejuvenate the career of recently added Felix Doubront. Adding Turner is just another pitcher for the Cubs to help reach their ceiling, which makes the move even better.
On the year, the St. Charles, Missouri native is 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.647 WHIP in 20 games (12 starts). In his 78 1/3 innings pitched, Turner has a 54 to 23 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Although these numbers are poor, the Cubs are hoping that Turner has just been a victim of some bad luck. Turner's FIP (4.01), ground ball percentage (51.3 percent), and BABIP (.368) all suggest that Turner has been a better pitcher than the "traditional" numbers say.
With this information, the Cubs may be able to turn Turner's bad luck into some positive results. The former 22nd-best prospect (pre-2012) as rated by Baseball America has yet to preform to his highest potential. The 23-year-old still has time to perform, but if the Cubs cannot turn him around, it may be time to call Turner a bust. This is his last chance.
The Marlins will be receiving right-handers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer. The 23-year-old Arias is still in Single-A, where he is 1-1 with a 1.77 ERA, a 1.008 WHIP, and a 51 to 17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 2/3 innings pitched. The 24-year-old Bremer is a former 27th-round pick, and while pitching in Single-A, the 24-year-old is 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA, a 1.162 WHIP, and a 51 to 15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37 innings.
This is the last chance for Jacob Turner to prove who he really can be as a pitcher. The Cubs, while they are currently in last, can take a chance on a guy like Turner, and they made a very good move in going out and getting him. Now I would love to see him preform well.