The Philadelphia Phillies traded for slugger Justin Bour on Friday with the Miami Marlins, who will recieve 22-year-old High-A Ball pitcher McKenzie Mills. Mills was originally drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 18th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
Justin Bour was hitting .227/.347/.412 with 19 homers on the year before the Phillies decided to free him from the pit of misery that is Miami baseball right now. The Phillies also, interestingly enough, have Carlos Santana who is healthy. While the Phillies don’t really need Bour, depth is always a good thing and the Phils will have a solid bench bat that adds depth to their lineup.
The Philadelphia Phillies are currently 64-50 and are in first place in the National League East. The Phillies are trying to take all that they can after failing to acquire Manny Machado earlier this season with their division rivals the Atlanta Braves just 1.0 game behind them in the division race.
The Phillies and the Atlanta Braves are neck and neck and have roughly the same degree of difficulty schedules-wise. It will be interesting to see where the chips fall with the season more than two-thirds of the way over.