Okay, it's ESPN's Jim Bowden and while he flubbed the deadline, I can't believe he wouldn't tweet it if he wasn't absolutely, positively sure. His reputation would not withstand that. Besides, he tagged the Cubs account on this. I am giving him the benefit of the doubt
So a tentative "Woohoooo!" for this tweet....
We do know an NL team has claimed him. The more reliable Ken Rosenthal gives us this,
Source: #Marlins’ Turner claimed by NL team. Likely to be dealt. Off 40-man due to DFA; can’t be pulled back w/o going on irrevocable wvrs.
UPDATE: The young but also reliable Chris Cotillo confirms Bowden.
This lines up with an interesting bit of news in that the Rockies don't appear to be interested in the 23 year old RHP. It may have to do with Turner being out of options. His roster situation makes him a difficult fit for some teams but the Cubs have done well to give themselves plenty of flexibility in that regard.
The Marlins have shown interest in some of the Cubs prospect depth and with good young pitching in Nathan Eovaldi, Jared Cosart, plus hard-throwing young arms like Tom Koehler and Brad Hand, the injured Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alvarez, and prospects like Andrew Heaney, it's doubtful they'll seek starting pitching.
The Marlins are the Cubs polar opposite when it comes to the team's farm system. You an make a case that after the Colin Moran/Jake Marisnick deal to the Astros, the top 10 Marlins prospects are all pitchers. The 5'8" 2B Avery Romero, C JT Realmuto, and OF Jesus Solorzano are among their best position player prospects, but Solorzano is raw, Realmuto looks like a backup, and Romero is undersized, so he presents some risk as well.
The Cubs have plenty of position player depth, starting with 3B Christian Villanueva who looks like the odd man out in the Cubs competitive 3B derby. The Marlins seem to be happy with 3B Casey McGehee for now, but he may not be a long term answer. The Cubs also have players like Mike Olt, who can help as soon as this season and an Olt-Turner swap makes some sense in that it is a struggling former top prospect for struggling former top prospect deal. The problem with Olt, however, is that he would have to clear waivers. So would Villanueva, for that matter.
There is also native Floridian Dan Vogelbach, who really doesn't have a spot to play for the Cubs because incumbent Anthony Rizzo is an all-star 24 year old signed to a long term extension. Though that would almost certainly be too much. The Cubs also have rule 5 eligible infielders at Class A in Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez that could entice. Jeimer Candelario is even further down the road but does not need Rule 5 protection this year.
Those are just a few names to throw out there. It is purely speculative on my end. It could end up being much less than that given the Marlins don't have a ton of leverage and perhaps the Cubs consider this little more than a flyer. Maybe there is a reason why Turner is about to be on his 3rd team by the age of 23. But it should give you an idea of how the Cubs match up pretty well with the Marlins in that that they can give them position player prospects with the option of MLB or near MLB ready prospects or solid prospects who are further away but could give them some temporary roster relief.
I don't know what the Cubs think of Jacob Turner other than we know they asked for him in a Matt Garza deal two years ago. Perhaps things have changed since then as Turner has struggled, but given that was partially affected by nagging injuries and a subsequent drop in velocity, he does seem like the kind of player the Cubs could take a shot at. It now appears that they will with the only question being how much they are willing to give in return.
Turner's peripherals as we have mentioned are solid, particularly his dropping walk rate (2.6 per 9 IP. 6.5%). The 6'5" Turner fits the mold of someone the Cubs can tailor to Wrigley, in that he can throw high velo two-seamers with good plane. It worked well with Jason Hammel and Scott Feldman the past two seasons and Turner is more gifted than either pitcher.
As to whom the Cubs will have to let go, it has to be someone from the 25 man roster because Turner is out of options. If we go by the Last In-First Out rule, it could be Chris Valaika, who isn't as needed with Javier Baez on the roster. Blake Parker would be another choice but seems less likely to me.
In other news that was wholly expected, the Cubs DFA'd Nate Schierholtz and activated Kyuji Fujikawa. That move may lessen the need for a reliever, so let's not let Parker off the hook just yet.
It looks like he Cubs could become August buyers as they look to get the jump on 2015.