The Cubs and Marlins made a waiver wire deal on Friday, completing a transaction that sends right-hander Jacob Turner to the Cubs in exchange for minor league pitchers Tyler Bremer and Jose Arias. Keith Law of ESPN.com was the first to break the news, which comes a couple of days after it was reported that the Cubs had claimed Turner off of revocable trade waivers after Miami designated him for assignment.
Turner, 23, is a former top prospect who was the centerpiece of the package that the Marlins acquired from the Tigers in exchange for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante in 2012. He struggled to a 5.97 ERA in 20 appearances (12 starts) with Miami this season and was out of options, causing the team to cut ties with him last week and expose him to waivers. He has shown some success throughout his major league career, posting a lifetime 4.77 ERA in 53 appearances (45 starts) with Detroit and Miami since 2011, and had a 3.74 ERA in 20 starts last season.
The Cubs have shown that they are very willing to try to make reclamation projects out of struggling young pitchers, having acquired Jake Arrieta and Felix Doubront over the last two years. At 23, Turner is under team control through the 2018 season and could be a high-upside pickup at a low cost, causing many to question why the Marlins let him go so early in his career.
Bremer, 24, was the Cubs' 27th-rounder in the 2012 draft and has split the season between Single-A Kane County and High-A Daytona. Despite some struggles at High-A, the right-hander is 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 36 relief appearances on the year between the two stops.
Arias, 23, has spent the majority of his season with Daytona, posting a 1.77 ERA in 40.2 innings out of the bullpen. Neither pitcher was ranked within the Cubs' top 30 prospects before the season by Baseball America.