The #Marlins are covering half of Justin Bour's remaining salary this year in today's deal to get a pitching prospect in return from #Phillies, source says. Bour is owed about $990k more, as Ken Rosenthal has reported. Trade will be announced once the prospect has been informed.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) August 10, 2018
Bour, 30, is the latest Marlins player to be shipped elsewhere. He's hit .227/.347/.412 (113 OPS+) this season, marks that are below his career norms of .262/.346/.470 (124). His below-average defense at the cold corner and inability to hit left-handed pitching no doubt reduced his appeal to other teams.
Because the Phillies already have a first baseman in Carlos Santana, it's possible Bour will be used mostly off the bench. It's also possible the Phillies intend to play Santana or Bour out of position, perhaps in the outfield. Whatever the case, Bour has two years of team control remaining, no matter how hard it is to see him hanging around with the Phillies beyond this year.
Mills, 22, had spent the season in high Class A, where he'd posted a 3.51 ERA and 2.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Originally acquired in last summer's Howie Kendrick trade, Mills did not rank among the Phillies' top 30 prospects, per MLB.com.