The Miami Marlins decided to move on from Jacob Turner on Tuesday when they designated him for assignment.
The Marlins now have 10 days to try and work out a trade, release Turner or outright him to the minor leagues. Every other team in baseball can also claim Turner and that is what will likely happen. If a team claims Turner, the Marlins will be unable to pull him back off of waivers and he will be lost from the organization.
At only 23, Turner should draw plenty of interest from other teams even if his career has thus far been a disappointment. A team out of contention could see Turner as a reclamation project as he was once a top prospect and is still young.
Normally the Marlins would have simply optioned Turner to the minor leagues but he had no minor-league options remaining. Due to the early start of Turner's big league career while with the Detroit Tigers, he arrived with one less option year. That came back to haunt Miami this year when Turner had performance problems but had to remain on the active roster.
On the season, Turner was 4-7 with a 5.97 E.R.A while splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen for Miami. Turner walked 23 and struck out only 54 in his 78.1 innings on the mound.
Turner came over from the Tigers in 2012 as part of a trade that sent Anibal Sanchez to Detroit. Along with Turner, pitcher Brian Flynn also joined the Marlins' organization. Flynn is the player that is now taking Turner's spot on the roster.
It is possible that when Turner's spot comes around again this weekend that Flynn will not be the man who takes that start. Brad Penny who was last on the Marlins a decade ago has been pitching well in AAA and could end up being promoted for that start. If he is, it's likely Flynn would head back to New Orleans at that point.
The Marlins have another pitcher in a similar position as Turner. Lefty Brad Hand who is set to start on Tuesday is also out of options. If he struggles, it's possible that he too could find himself designated for assignment. The Marlins are continuing to look for arms that can best help them this year.