They obviously don't need Hamels this season, but considered it a long shot worth taking to have one of the game's best pitchers under their control through 2018, if a deal could be made.
To no one's surprise, a deal could not be reached between the two organizations, and the Phillies pulled Hamels back from waivers Friday.
So Hamels will remain with the Phillies the rest of the year, while the Cubs showed potential free-agent pitchers they have money to spend this winter.
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 ERA for the Tigers and Marlins. He will be another reclamation project for pitching coach Chris Bosio, who has helped turn around Paul Maholm, Scott Feldman, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel the last three seasons.
"We've had some success with talented pitchers who were going through tough periods," Cubs president Theo Epstein said. "Getting them here, let them re-set a little … We're hopeful that will happen with Jacob. … Between now and next spring training there are things we can work together on."
Wait till next year: Epstein said it's an organizational goal to "vertically integrate the entire system." With Javier Baez already up and Cuban slugger Jorge Soler in the express lane at Triple-A Iowa, could third base phenom Kris Bryant conceivably get a look in September?
No chance, said Epstein, who reiterated his stance on making Bryant play a full minor league season.
Epstein said it was not a "business" decision, though it makes perfect economic sense not to start Bryant's arbitration clock this year.