The Cubs' waiver claim for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels didn't result in a trade on Friday, and the Phillies pulled Hamels back from waivers.
A major league source said that Cubs took a longshot chance in making the claim for Hamels, feeling they had nothing to lose and had a chance at ending up with an affordable, No. 1 starter who is owed $90 million from 2015-18, with a $20 million option for 2019.
But the Phillies weren't going to deal Hamels without getting at least a couple top prospects in return, and the Cubs were never close to making that happen.
Meanwhile, the Cubs acquired Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner, whom they also claimed on waivers. The Marlins received Class-A pitchers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer in return. Turner will be the latest reclamation project for pitching coach Chris Bosio, joining recently acquired Felix Doubront.
Turner, whom the Tigers selected with the ninth pick of the 2009 draft, never lived up to his potential, going 9-21 with a 4.77 earned-run average for the Tigers and Marlins. He made 20 starts for the Marlins last year and posted a respectable 3.74 ERA, but regressed this season with a 5.97 ERA in 20 appearances, including 12 starts.
"He's just 23 years old, he's got a really good arm," president Theo Epstein said. "We feel like we got him at a low point of value, and there's plenty of upside left in him, so we're excited about that."
Turner will be place on the 25-man roster in a few days, Epstein said.
In another move, Triple-A Iowa outfielder Ryan Kalish was designated for assignment.
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