The Chicago Cubs could be on the verge of acquiring a starting pitcher that could be at the top of their rotation at some point during the 2015 season.
On Wednesday, the Cubs won the waiver claim for Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jacob Turner. Turner was placed on waivers by the Marlins and the two teams now have two days to try to work out a trade.
Turner is the same prospect that the Cubs were seeking from the Detroit Tigers when attempting to trade Matt Garza in recent seasons.
Instead, Turner was traded to the Marlins.
Turner has struggled this season and that is what led the Marlins to waiving the 23-year old pitcher. In 20 appearances this season, 12 starts, Turner is 4-7 while posting an ERA of 5.97. To further highlight Turner’s struggles this season, the pitcher has an ERA+ of 64 this season.
But, 2014 may not be an indicator of the type of pitcher Turner is.
For that, a true indicator may be Turner’s 2013 season.
With the Marlins in 2013, Turner posted an ERA of 3.74 and an ERA+ of 103 with the Marlins in 20 starts.
A trade between the Marlins and Cubs is expected to be completed within the next 48 hours and that means that Turner could be with the Cubs by end of the week. Turner could slide into the Cubs’ rotation and be paired with pitching coach Chris Bosio.
Turner, as recently as 2012, was considered the 15th best prospect in all of baseball.