Marlins trade Justin Bour to Phillies

The Miami Marlins have traded first baseman Justin Bour and cash considerations to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills.

The two sides worked out the trade after the Phillies claimed Bour on revocable waivers. The Marlins will cover roughly half of Bour’s remaining salary for the season. Bour won $3.4MM in an arbitration case this past offseason, which works out to around $450K of the remaining $900K.

Bour has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining, but would be around that same time Carlos Santana is signed to play first base for the Phillies. The reason why the return was similar to what the Marlins got for rentals like Cameron Maybin and Brad Ziegler is because Bour might also be a rental as well. There is a good possibility that the Phillies may non-tender Bour after the season if they can’t find a trade parter for him as well.

Bour turned 30 this season and is having his worst season yet, hitting .227/.347/.412 with 19 homers in 447 plate appearances, quite the drop off from last season in which he hit 25 homers and slashed .289/.366/.536.

Bour might be used in Philly as the other half of a platoon with Santana, who is hitting .209/.362/.387 against right-handed pitching. The Phillies are currently leading the National League East but are need of help against right-handed pitching if they can expect a run in the postseason.

Mills is not among the Phillies Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline, but is enjoying his best professional season. In 16 starts over 20 games in the Florida State League, the 22-year-old has a 3.51 ERA, 2.58 K/BB rate, and an 8.5 K/9 over 89 2/3 IP for the Clearwater Threshers.

This is the second time Mills has been traded within the NL East. Originally drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Draft, Mills was traded to the Phillies last season for Howie Kendrick.


About: Tony Capobianco


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