Phillies trade for Justin Bour – MLB.com

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have found a left-handed power bat for their bench for the final few weeks of the season.

The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that they have acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash from the Marlins for Minor League left-hander McKenzie Mills. The deal immediately jogged memories of the Phills’ trade that brought Matt Stairs from Toronto to Philly in August 2008.

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have found a left-handed power bat for their bench for the final few weeks of the season.

The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that they have acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash from the Marlins for Minor League left-hander McKenzie Mills. The deal immediately jogged memories of the Phills’ trade that brought Matt Stairs from Toronto to Philly in August 2008.

Bour hit .227 with 19 home runs, 54 RBIs and a .759 OPS in 447 plate appearances with the Marlins. He has an .835 OPS against right-handed pitching and, interestingly, he has hit .304 with two home runs, six RBIs, 16 walks and a 1.227 OPS in 11 games against the second-place Braves, who the Phillies play seven times in their final 11 games.

Bour could start occasionally at first base, but the more likely scenario is that he will become a weapon off the bench for Phils manager Gabe Kapler.

The Phillies’ bench for the moment includes catcher Andrew Knapp, outfielder Roman Quinn, Scott Kingery and infielder J.P. Crawford, who was activated from the 10-day disabled list (broken left hand) on Friday. Once Bour arrives Kingery or Crawford are expected to be optioned. Bour essentially takes the bench job that players like Dylan Cozens and Mitch Walding have occupied at times.

Philadelphia’s bench will change again whenever catcher Wilson Ramos is activated from the 10-day disabled list

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