Thursday, the Miami Marlins decided to pick up the option on right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner. The club option is worth $1 million, and he will still have another club option for the 2015 season as well for another $1 million. All of this as part of the MLB Draft deal he signed with the Detroit Tigers in 2009 before being dealt to Miami in 2012.
In that 2012 trade, the Marlins sent Anibal Sanchez and got Turner plus catcher Rob Brantly in return. Brantly showed promise when he was recalled in 2012, but struggled mightily in 2013. Pitching for the Tigers, Sanchez has become a solid piece to a strong rotation that has made it to the ALCS two years in a row.
Turner, a former top prospect for the Tigers, has not realized his full potential just yet. He started 20 games for Miami this past season, and he was 3-8 with a solid 3.74 ERA in those games. He struck out a career-high 77 batters to go along with his 5.9 K/BB ratio. Miami would like him to become a cornerstone of the rotation that has already seen potential from Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez.
With Miami picking up his option, it shows that the organization still believes in him. If he does well this season and in 2015, there could be a chance that Miami flips him for some more prospects. Turner will turn 23 next May and is going to be part of this new wave of Miami youth coming up. He needs to stay healthy and keep progressing as his career moves forward.