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Marlins trade Jacob Turner to Cubs for pitching prospects Jose Arias, Tyler Bremer

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Jacob Turner
Jacob Turner
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The Miami Marlins traded starting pitcher Jacob Turner to the Chicago Cubs this afternoon, receiving pitching prospects Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer in return. Here's a quick summary.

Jose Arias, RHP: Arias was signed by the Cubs as a free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2010. He created some buzz last fall with a good showing in instructional league and he's maintained that momentum in 2014, posting a 1.77 ERA with a 51/17 K/BB in 41 innings for Low-A Kane County in the Midwest League, allowing a mere 24 hits and a .168 average against.

Arias is a 6-6, 235 pound right-hander born January 17, 1991. He's been clocked as high as 95 MPH but struggles to command his breaking ball and has had trouble staying healthy. He's a Grade C arm at this point, with a chance to make it as a middle reliever if he can progress with the secondaries. His strikeout rate has increased this year, which is a positive sign.

Tyler Bremer, RHP: Bremer was a 27th round pick in 2012 out of Baylor University. The Berkeley, California native had previously pitched for UC-Davis and Yavapai Junior College before two years in the Bears bullpen. He's been effective at the lower levels of the Cubs system, posting a 2.43 ERA with 12 saves and a 51/15 K/BB in 37 innings for Kane County this year.

Bremer is a 6-2, 210 pound right-hander born December 7, 1989. He's rather old for the Midwest League and has successfully carved up younger hitters with an 87-91 MPH fastball and a very good curve. He has some pitchability but we need to see how this works against more advanced competition. If he makes it, it will be as a middle reliever.

ANALYSIS: Bremer and Arias aren't outstanding prospects, both middle relief types if they make it at all, but Turner was going nowhere fast in Miami and makes a nice rehab/retread project for the Cubs.