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Phillies acquire Marlins’ Justin Bour

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Justin Bour in a trade with the Miami Marlins on Friday afternoon. In exchange for Bour, the Phillies sent a minor league pitcher to Miami.

Bour will be joining his second MLB team. He spent the past five seasons with the Marlins.

Justin Bour batting for the Miami Marlins against the St. Louis Cardinals

Justin Bour is seen in one of his last at-bats with the Miami Marlins (Getty Images)

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler will have to find a way to put Bour into the lineup. He has primarily been a first baseman with the Marlins.

Yet, with the Phillies, they have Carlos Santana, who they signed to a three-year deal in the off-season, as their first baseman. The only most logical situation is for Bour to come off of the bench and receive spot starts at first base when Santana gets a day off.

Bour is not eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season. He is on a one-year, $3.4 million deal.

The 30-year-old has appeared in 112 games with the Marlins this season. He has a .227 batting average with 19 home runs and 54 RBIs.

Four of Bour’s 19 home runs this season have come against the Phillies. He even hit three home runs in a four-game series against the Phillies last week.

The minor league pitcher the Phillies sent to the Marlins is McKenzie Mills. The 22-year-old left-handed pitcher was acquired by the team last summer in the Howie Kendrick deal with the Washington Nationals.

He was 2-5 with a 3.51 ERA in 20 games, including 16 starts, for the Clearwater Threshers at the Single-A level.

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