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.
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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