The Miami Marlins are in the process of trying to improve their offense, something that nearly everybody can agree is the right decision. The team in 2013 was a borderline disaster on the offensive side of the field and possibly could have had a respectable record with another formidable bat or two in the lineup. However, to get someone, you need to give up someone and Jacob Turner is one name being thrown around. That would be a mistake, one the Marlins cannot afford to make.
Turner has had a respectable career thus far as a Marlin, albeit in limited appearances. Over 27 starts with the team, he holds a 3.74 E.R.A with a 1.44 WHIP. Those numbers are not living up to the hype that helped him become the Detroit Tigers’ first-round pick in the 2009 amateur draft, but they are more than serviceable. With his statistics in the minors and thus far in the big leagues, Turner doesn’t hold as much trade value as he once did. Right now, it’s tough for teams to think about him as a frontline starting pitcher, but more of a middle of the rotation type arm. This means that the Marlins would be taking back a package for him that is possibly below his real true value. When you’re a team that examines the payroll on a consistent basis like Miami, you cannot afford to trade away low-cost players under team control without getting good value back.
The best course of action for Miami is for it to hold onto Turner going into 2014 and see if he can become a No. 2 type arm behind Jose Fernandez. There are other pieces Miami can trade for offense such as Nathan Eovaldi, Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani. The Marlins are reportedly hesitant to move Eovaldi, but if the right offer came around, it’s possible they’d change their stance. Even though he too is a young starter, Eovaldi didn’t come with as much promise at the start and it’s possible that he ends up the middle of the rotation guy.
The Marlins have a choice on their hands, but the key is to always trade from your strengths and the team has a surplus of talented young arms. One or two of them should and likely will go, but the Marlins would be wise to hold onto Turner. Otherwise their improved offense may just find themselves shutout by Turner as he dons an opposing uniform.