Jacob Turner has been a well-known name in the baseball world for so long that it’s almost difficult to believe he is only 22 years old. And yet here we are.
The young righty was ranked a Top-30 prospect by Baseball America three offseasons in a row (2010-2012) and is rounding into a pretty nice major league pitcher here in 2013 with the Marlins. He threw the first complete game of his career on Saturday evening against the Padres, allowing just one run while fanning seven as Miami picked up a 7-1 victory.
Turner is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in six starts since his promotion to the major leagues on May 31.
He has only 27 strikeouts in 41 innings, but that’s just the kind of pitcher he is.
“I’ve always been able to pound the strike zone; that’s been my biggest strength,” Turner said late Saturday night. And making half his starts at the cavernous Marlins Park should help keep that a sound strategy.
Update #2 (6:21 PM EST): Make that $37.5 million, per Heyman.
Update (6:02 PM EST): The deal is for “around” $37 million with deferrals that lower the present-day value, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo is close to a deal with the Orioles. He first reported that the two sides were back in touch earlier on Thursday afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the deal is expected to be for three years and under $40 million.
Trumbo’s market hasn’t developed as he expected. The slugger turned down the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. Then the Orioles reportedly made a four-year contract offer to him in December but pulled it off the table. Most recently, a report indicated that Trumbo lowered his expectations to a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range.
Trumbo, 31, led the majors with 47 homers for the Orioles this past season. He also hit a solid .256/.316/.433 with 108 RBI in 667 plate appearances. With Trumbo back in the fold and some slight offensive upgrades made, the Orioles figure to have a formidable offense in 2017.
The Astros avoided arbitration with pitcher Mike Fiers, agreeing on a $3.45 million salary for the 2017 season, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The right-hander was in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility.
Fiers, 31, made 30 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros in 2016. He finished the year with a 4.48 ERA and a 134/42 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings.
Fiers had a much better showing in 2015 as well as in limited action in 2014, so the Astros are hoping he rediscovers that effectiveness going forward. He’ll slot into the back of the starting rotation.