The Chicago Cubs have claimed Jacob Turner on waivers and have the rights, tweets ESPN’s Jim Bowden.
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) August 6, 2014
A deal with the Miami Marlins has yet to be finalized. This trade would fit the Cubs front office philosophy to stock pile their farm system with position players and take a chance on a talented pitcher.
The Detroit Tigers drafted Turner ninth overall in 2009 out of Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. His contract was worth $4.7 million and he was ranked 22nd overall after the 2011 season by Baseball America.
Turner, 23, could work with one of the most underrated pitching coaches in baseball — Chris Bosio, who has helped Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, and Scott Feldman improve their game before begin flipped for prospects.
The right-hander was once mentioned with the Cubs when they were linked to the Detroit Tigers in trade talks with Matt Garza. Tigers’ general manager Dave Dombrowski sent Turner to Miami in July 2012 for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante.
Turner was designated for assignment Tuesday after he went 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA between the starting rotation and bullpen this year.