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Miami Marlins Rumors: Jacob Turner Being Shopped

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With the amount of depth the Miami Marlins have in starting pitching, there really is no need for pitchers like Jacob Turner or Brad Hand. Both players are without minor-league options, and if they were to not make the final roster come Opening Day, Miami would have to release them or trade them. It looks like the Marlins are already ahead of the game.

The Marlins have been shopping Turner, trying to cue up interest in order for the Marlins to release some of their depth. Turner is slotted at the No. 2 spot in the starting rotation. He has shown signs of improvement in spring training this year. He has pitched in 13.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits, but only producing five strikeouts.

His career with the Marlins has not been that great, though.

Since being involved in the Anibal Sanchez trade, which sent Turner and catcher Rob Brantly to the Marlins, he has only won four games in 27 starts. His ERA with Miami is 3.64 and he has a 5.9 K/9. Turner has not turned heads with his strikeout ability and has turned into more of a finesse pitcher.

Miami has interest from the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, both of which are in need of a pitcher due to injuries.

Miami could definitely use a hitting prospect or even some kind of solid first baseman in return for Turner. Miami does not need any more pitching with most of their top prospects being pitchers.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.