Storylines: Cubs acquire once-promising prospect Turner
The Chicago Cubs have acquired Jacob Turner from the Miami Marlins.
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Here are the stories from Friday, August 8.
- The Cubs bought low on another once-promising right-hander, as they announced the acquisition Jacob Turner from the Marlins in exchange for minor league right-handers Tyler Bremer and Jose Arias. Chicago placed a claim on Turner earlier this week after Miami designated the once prized prospect for assignment and placed him on revocable waivers.
- As expected, the Marlins are planning to open extension talks with star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton after the season, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. That seems the logical course after Miami reportedly declined to field trade offers on its best player. While the club intends to make a "legitimate" run at locking up Stanton for the future, some within the front office are reportedly not optimistic about the likelihood of reaching agreement.
- For the past two months, Jason Giambi has remained in the locker room, while residing on the disabled list with a knee issue that is no longer of much concern. The 43-year-old slugger has willingly embraced his role as a clubhouse leader and accepted his place on the DL in order to help Cleveland better manage its roster. With the season now into August, Giambi is not expecting to be activated until rosters expand beyond the 25-man limit on September 1.
- Sitting in the visitors' dugout at Yankee Stadium on Friday, general manager Chris Antonetti disagreed with reports that Swisher might be heading down a path toward full-time DH duty. In fact, Antonetti hinted that there could be more outfield in Swisher's future with the Tribe. "I don't think we've looked at it at all like that," Antonetti said of Swisher being a full-time DH down the road. "We asked Swish to try to go out to left field [Wednesday and Thursday], because it was a way for us to get him in the lineup. But having the offseason and having Spring Training to prepare, I'm not concerned at all about it."
News and Notes:
- The Phillies pulled Cole Hamels back off waivers after the Cubs and Phillies were unable to strike a deal, according to Paul Sulivan of the Chicago Tribune.
- The Mets placed Curtis Granderson on revocable waivers, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark (via ESPN New York colleague Adam Rubin).
- Both Ichiro Suzuki and Brendan Ryan were been placed on revocable waivers by the Yankees, George A. King III of the New York Post reported.
- Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that the Red Sox placed left-hander Craig Breslow and infielder Kelly Johnson on revocable waivers.
- The Pirates designated reliever Ernesto Frieri for assignment, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Frieri, 29, came to Pittsburgh in a swap of struggling closers at the end of June.
- The Dodgers swung a trade with the Phillies on Thursday and acquired right-hander Roberto Hernandez due to concerns over the health of Josh Beckett, but GM Ned Colletti told reports, including Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, that he hopes to make at least one more move. "There's another pitcher out there we're trying to get," Colletti said. Colletti also stated that the Dodgers would like to add a swingman to replace Paul Maholm, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, and added that the club is also looking at back-of-the-rotation arms and late-inning relievers.
- The Mets designated outfielder Chris Young for assignment, the club announced. Matt den Dekker will be recalled to take his spot on the active roster.
- The Cubs designated outfielder Ryan Kalish for assignment in order to clear roster space for the newly acquired Jacob Turner, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.