Justin Bour
Justin Bour homers to right field earlier this year. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed First Baseman Justin Bour off of trade waivers and worked out a deal with the Miami Marlins. The deal has the Marlins sending Bour and cash to the Phillies for a minor league pitcher. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the move.

The Marlins moving Bour, shows that they are committed to building the system by sending money and Bour, they were able to receive a pitching prospect rather than just letting Bour go for nothing. Through 112 games in 2018, Bour has posted a .227 average while hitting 15 home runs and driving in 54 for the Marlins.

Now for the Phillies, this move comes after a busy deadline where the Phillies added Wilson Ramos and Asdrubal Cabrera. Ramos looks to come back from the disabled list and be a threat for the Phillies and continue the success he was having in Tampa Bay. Cabrera looks to keep his performance up for the Phillies as the season begins to wind down. For the Phillies, Bour’s addition allows them to platoon Bour and Carlos Santana at First Base while keeping a good pinch-hitter on the bench at all times.

This move to bring in another first baseman looks to be just another move to bolster down a lineup for the Phillies. The Phillies are looking to use Bour as even more help getting back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

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