Not that the Miami Marlins care what I think, but they might be getting ahead of themselves a little bit with this move. Even with a talented starting rotation and relatively deep farm system, it is rare that a team will find it to be a good idea to part ways with a former first round pick who is still just 23 years old.
That is exactly what the Marlins did with Jacob Turner this week. There were certainly struggles this season for Turner, who was 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 12 starts. That said, he will definitely get claimed off waivers. That means that this marks the moment that the Marlins are giving up on him.
The decision seems hard to believe, especially after the promise Turner showed with a 3.74 ERA in 20 starts in 2013. The Marlins recalled left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn from Triple-A to take Turner’s spot.
“It’s a tough situation with Jake,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said. “We gave him a lot of opportunities and a lot of time. It came down to a decision where we just ran out of time. It’s unfortunate with a guy who is so young. At the same time, too, it’s an opportunity for Flynn to come up and show what he can do.”
You ran out of time? Where are you guys in such a hurry to get to? And yes, he is so young…just 23, in fact.
Teams will line up for their buy-low chance at Turner, hoping to prove the Marlins wrong and steal a 6’5″ starting pitcher who was a top-1o pick in the 2009 draft.