Phillies acquire slugger Bour from Marlins

Phillies acquire slugger Bour from Marlins

The Phillies acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash considerations from the Marlins on Friday in exchange for an unnamed Minor League pitcher, sources confirm to MLB.com.

Bour had reportedly been claimed by the Phillies after Miami had placed the first baseman on trade waivers, and the two sides subsequently agreed to a deal, as reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. Bour first needed to clear trade waivers before he was able to be freely traded by the Marlins, due to the passing of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Phillies acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash considerations from the Marlins on Friday in exchange for an unnamed Minor League pitcher, sources confirm to MLB.com.

Bour had reportedly been claimed by the Phillies after Miami had placed the first baseman on trade waivers, and the two sides subsequently agreed to a deal, as reported by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. Bour first needed to clear trade waivers before he was able to be freely traded by the Marlins, due to the passing of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Because he was acquired prior to Aug. 31, he is eligible for inclusion on the Phillies’ postseason roster.

The Phillies reportedly traded for Bour because of his left-handed power bat and his walking ability (69 walks in 447 plate appearance this season), but he is not expected to start on a consistent basis.

Bour, who is arbitration-eligible for two more years before hitting free agency, could give the Phillies an apparent jam at first base moving forward. Philadelphia surprised many when they signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract this past offseason, and Santana is signed through 2020, with a club option for 2021.

Santana began his career as a catcher in Cleveland, though he hasn’t played behind the plate since 2014. Though the Phillies also traded for catcher Wilson Ramos at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Ramos is set to enter free agency this offseason.

Bour, 30, was one of few pieces that the Marlins held onto during their aggressive sale this past offseason. He is slashing .227/.347/.412 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs this season in a down year for the left-handed slugger.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.

Published at Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:09:09 +0000

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