Rather than lose Jacob Turner for nothing on waivers after designating him for assignment the Marlins have traded the 23-year-old right-hander to the Cubs for a pair of non-prospect minor leaguers, according to Keith Law of ESPN.com.
Turner had an ugly 5.97 ERA in 78 innings for the Marlins this season, but he posted a 3.95 ERA in 30 starts between 2012 and 2013, ranked as a consensus top-50 prospect a couple years ago, and just turned 23 in May.
Miami’s decision to cut him loose was an odd one–especially since they might be calling up 36-year-old Brad Penny from Triple-A to take a roster spot soon–and the rebuilding Cubs taking a low-risk flier on Turner makes plenty of sense.
According to MLB.com associate reporter Jarrid Denney, right-hander Michael Pineda threw off a mound Wednesday morning at Target Field for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Pineda was signed to a two-year, $10 million free agent contract this winter by the Twins, who are probably more focused on what he might be able to do in 2019 rather than 2018.
He had the reconstructive elbow surgery last July 18, so he won’t be an option for the Minnesota rotation until probably late August or September of this year. Still, that deal seems like a nice gamble given the price point and the possibility that he will regain his form as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter. That he’s making steady progress in his rehab makes the situation all the more encouraging.
Pineda, 29, holds a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 687 strikeouts in 680 career major league innings.