Justin Bour obtained by Phillies in waiver trade with Marlins
Bour adds a lefty power bat to the Phillies mix
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired first baseman Justin Bour in a waiver trade from the Miami Marlins according to multiple reliable sources this afternoon, including MLB insider Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Bour turned 30 years of age back on May 28. He was selected originally by the Chicago Cubs with their 25th round selection in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft. In December 2013 he was selected by Miami after the Cubs had left him unprotected for the Rule 5 Draft.
Bour would finish fifth in the 2015 NL Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .262 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI as the Marlins starting first baseman.
That is the lone defensive position played by Bour during his big-league career. He has appeared in 413 games at first base across parts of five seasons. The Marlins also used him as their DH during Inter-league games on 10 occasions.
Bour leads the Marlins this season with 19 homers and 54 RBI. He also has 23 doubles, giving him a .412 slugging percentage. While he is hitting just .227, Bour has a .347 on-base percentage thanks to his 69 walks.
Miami made Bour available on waivers, and he was claimed by Phillies GM Matt Klentak, who then worked out the trade details. The minor league pitcher going back to Miami has not been made public as of this time, but it is not believed to be one of the Phillies top prospects.
Bour owed about $900K, the balance of his $3.4M salary. Two years of control after this, so #Phillies might trade or non-tender him. #Marlins could have simply let him go on trade waivers, but included cash in deal to acquire minor-league pitcher. Not simply giving him away.
With Carlos Santana seemingly entrenched as the starting first baseman, it would appear that Bour has been added as a power lefty bat option for manager Gabe Kapler.
Phillies fans can expect to see Bour as a pinch-hitter, especially late in the game against right-handed relievers. He will also likely give Santana the occasional breather at first base.
It’s a role that Bour found success in back on May 1st against the Phillies. He clobbered a pinch-homer off Zach Eflin at Marlins Park to tie that game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, with Miami eventually winning it 2-1 in 10 innings.
As the Phillies enter a three-game weekend series beginning Friday night in San Diego, they stand a game up on the Atlanta Braves in the division. The Phillies and Braves are tied in the loss column, with Atlanta holding two games in hand. The Washington Nationals are now 5.5 games back.