Miami has called up top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney for his MLB debut Thursday and to make room for him in the rotation the Marlins have demoted Jacob Turner to the bullpen.
Turner posted a nice-looking 3.74 ERA in 20 starts for the Marlins last season as a 22-year-old, but his 77/54 K/BB ratio in 118 innings was less impressive and this season he’s got a 6.38 ERA in nine starts.
Turner is just 23 years old and was a top prospect himself not so long ago–the Marlins acquired him from the Tigers as part of the Anibel Sanchez trade in mid-2012–so he’ll almost surely get another crack in the rotation soon enough.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.