After being acquired from Miami in August, Justin Bour lasted just 29 games and a couple of months into the offseason with the Phillies. Bour was placed on waivers today in preparation for reducing the number of players on the 40-man roster, with an eye toward protecting prospects who need to be placed on the 40-man to keep them away from other teams in the Rule 5 Draft.
Bour hit 20 home runs in 141 games between Miami and Philadelphia and has averaged just over 20 home runs in each of his four full major league seasons. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Bour had played exclusively for Miami.
The 30-year old first baseman could be claimed off waivers by another team or could declare himself a free agent if he clears waivers. It’s likely that Bour will find a spot with another club, possibly as a left-handed hitting platoon at first base, or as left-handed power off the bench, which is the role he served with the Phillies.
With both Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana on the roster, Bour was expendable and the Phillies were apparently unable to find a trade partner to deal him elsewhere. The Phillies have reportedly also been shopping Santana in the early going this offseason, but have not had any takers so far in that endeavor either. Had they dealt Santana, they may have hung on to Bour to play first base when Hoskins would get a day off.
In somewhat of an ironic twist, Bour himself had previously been taken in the Rule 5 Draft. The Marlins selected him from the Chicago Cubs in 2013 after the Cubs selected him in the 25th round of the 2009 Draft.