Marlins trade Justin Bour to Phillies for McKenzie Mills


The Marlins traded slugging first baseman Justin Bour to the Phillies on Friday for left-handed minor-league pitcher McKenzie Mills.

Bour leads the Marlins with 19 home runs and was in his first year of salary arbitration.

To complete the deal, the Marlins are also sending cash to the Phillies in order to receive a stronger return. Bour is still owed close to $1 million this season. He was under team control through the 2020 season.

The two teams worked out a deal after Bour was placed on revocable waivers and claimed by the Phillies.

Bour turned into a bargain find for the Marlins, who acquired him from the Cubs in the minor-league phase of the 2009 Rule 5 draft.

During his five seasons with the Marlins, Bour hit .262 with 83 home runs. But one year after hitting 25 homers with an on-base plus slugging percentage of .909 and taking part in the Home Run Derby, his offensive numbers slipped.

The trade was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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