A day after placing former top prospect Jacob Turner on waivers, Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the pitcher has been claimed by an unnamed National League team:
Source: #Marlins’ Turner claimed by NL team. Likely to be dealt. Off 40-man due to DFA; can’t be pulled back w/o going on irrevocable wvrs.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 6, 2014
The former Detroit first round draft pick saw several seasons of success in the minors and was traded in July of 2012 for starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante.
During his time with the Marlins, however, Turner has never quite had the success that his draft position and prospect status would suggest. Through fifty-three games (forty-five starts), Turner owns a 4.77 ERA with a 4.45 FIP and a K/BB ratio of 1.80. He did manage a somewhat successful 2013, when he pitched 118 innings with a 3.74 ERA, but walked 54 batters and only struck out 77.
He was still just 23 years old, and the move came as a surprise to most people, considering Turner's age and pedigree. It would seem that there is at least one team out there ready to give him another chance.
The Chicago Cubs are an ideal landing spot for Turner; they are in the part of their rebuilding process where they can take a no-pressure approach with Turner as he tries to regain his form.