Are the Marlins ditching 23-year-old Jacob Turner for 36-year-old Brad Penny?

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Not only did the Marlins surprise a lot of people by designating for assignment one-time top prospect Jacob Turner–who at 23 years old still has plenty of upside–they’re apparently thinking of replacing him in the rotation with 36-year-old Brad Penny.

Seriously. John Perrotto of the Miami Herald reports that calling up Penny from Triple-A “is a strong possibility” in part because he has an opt-out clause in his minor-league contract.

Penny has a 2.28 ERA five starts at Triple-A, but he’s also allowed 35 baserunners in 28 innings and, more importantly, hasn’t posted an ERA under 5.00 in the big leagues since 2010.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.