I've been trying to dig through transaction rules for a while since I read that Jacob Turner was designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins. The issue here is that Turner was signed to a major league deal when drafted, has only accrued just over a year of MLB service time, and is out of options, so I'm unsure as to how this affects his situation. My best guess (and I'm not a lawyer) is that the Marlins have to try to work out a trade since they cannot outright him to the minors, and that would mean they would have to put him on waivers. Currently, the only team who has precedence over the Chicago Cubs in the waiver order is the Colorado Rockies, and their roster is full. That means that the Cubs, with 39 spots filled on the roster, has the freedom to claim Turner if they want to. The Cub Reporter has the transactional rules if you want to sift through them and see if I'm totally missing something (I probably am). Turner has also been a professional for five years now so I think he could be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this winter if he somehow ends up on a club, but don't quote me on that.
You may remember Turner as one of the guys that the Cubs were rumored to be interested in when they attempted to trade Matt Garza in 2012, before Garza's arm issues screwed that idea up. Turner was then traded to the Marlins so the Tigers could get Anibal Sanchez. Michael Jong at Fish Stripes has the most recent extensive Turner scouting report that I could find. As you may notice, he's not doing too well ERA-wise, but the peripherals look good and apparently his velocity is stable. Plus, Turner is only 23 years old this year so he's got plenty of playing time left in him. This is in addition to the fact that he's got five more years of club control once he makes his way back to a major league roster.
This could be a very interesting reclamation project for the Cubs and it might be as simple as making a claim, but I doubt the Marlins want to give up that easy. There may be a minor trade involving PTBNL or perhaps clearing away one of the expendable outfielders or relievers on the Cubs right now. The Marlins actually have a spot open to accommodate another player. The Cubs need to open a spot eventually for Javier Baez and Kyuji Fujikawa, so barring another DFA (which we wouldn't be too sad about), a trade seems to make sense here. Afterwards, we can see if Chris Bosio's magic is real and unleashes some of the potential that everyone seemed to excited about once upon a time in Turner's arm.
What say you?