Cubs acquire right-hander Jacob Turner from Marlins
By David Just For Sun-Times Media August 8, 2014 10:29PM
Updated: August 8, 2014 11:45PM
Javy Baez was the new face in the Cubs’ clubhouse Friday, and soon it will be right-hander Jacob Turner’s turn.
The Cubs acquired Turner, 23, in a trade with the Marlins, sending minor-league pitchers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer to Miami.
Turner will be a bit of a project for pitching coach Chris Bosio after struggling and losing his spot in the Marlins’ rotation in June. Turner is 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 20 appearances, including 12 starts.
Still, the trade is a promising one for the Cubs, who gave up two Class A relievers for an established starter who was considered a top-25 prospect by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus two years ago.
“He’s got a really good arm,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said, “and we feel like we got him at a low point of value and there’s plenty of upside left with him, so we’re excited about that.”
Turner was a first-round draft pick by the Tigers in 2009 and was part of a five-player trade that sent Anibal Sanchez to Detroit. The Marlins promoted Turner to the majors in the middle of the 2013 season, and he went 3-8 despite a workmanlike 3.74 ERA.
The Cubs designated outfielder Ryan Kalish for assignment to make room for Turner on the roster. Kalish made 100 plate appearances and hit .242 with a .303 on-base percentage.
Not rushing Bryant
Epstein said that touted prospect Kris Bryant will not be joining Baez with a major-league debut of his own this season.
Bryant, who has toyed with Class AA and AAA pitching to the tune of 37 home runs, 96 RBI and a massive .692 slugging percentage, will remain at Class AAA Iowa for the rest of the season, Epstein said.
“I think Kris is doing extraordinary things,” Epstein said. “But to consider calling somebody up in his first full season, not only would a player have to do extraordinary things, but there’d have to be unique circumstances with the big-league team, too, like being in a pennant race and needing that boost.”
Epstein went on to say that leaving Bryant in Iowa wasn’t strictly a business decision.
“I think in your first full professional season there’s enough you have to deal with without making your big-league debut,” Epstein said. “That’s the proper thing for his development.”
Maddon a Wrigley fan
Rays manager Joe Maddon is in his 20th year on a major-league bench, but the series opener against the Cubs was his first experience inside the Friendly Confines.
“I love it,” Maddon said. “It’s the essence of baseball.
‘‘You talk about Fenway Park and what that’s all about, and this has even more of a neighborhood kind of setting than Fenway. My first impression is pretty impressive.”