Milwaukee Brewers: Marlins looking to deal Justin Bour?
Even though the stove is quiet now, it won’t be forever and the Milwaukee Brewers will be making a move.
There have been rumors about several Marlins players, namely Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon. But what about Justin Bour? The big first baseman can provide pop to any lineup he is plugged into, and he made a name for himself in the Home Run Derby.
After Miami acquired former Milwaukee Brewers farm hand Garret Cooper from the Yankees, it could be more of a possibility to move Bour. Cooper showed out well in limited performance during his MLB time last season. Not to mention his consistency with the bat across every level of the MiLB.
Does the new bat make Bour expendable? I think so. And he could potentially fit in with the Crew. What he does is allow a more consistent first baseman, rather than splitting between Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar.
Considering Thames contract alone, this is a very unlikely move. But it would be a good one to add a solid bat into the lineup in Milwaukee. Bour is 29, and hit 25 bombs last season. However, that is not all he can do. A very reliable .289 batting average shows his overall hitting ability.
With team control through 2021, this would be a solid pickup for any team around the league. The Marlins are really looking to trade big contracts for little ones. The Milwaukee Brewers have little contracts, making them viable trade partners in the future. If not for Bour, then (hopefully) for Gordon.
The thing about Bour is that he is poised to truly breakout in 2018. If he were in Brewer Blue then that would be great. But, the market for the team is just not at first base right now. Between Thames and Aguilar someone would have to move elsewhere to make room for the big bat of Bour.
Because it is not likely to happen, Bour will not be in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform any time soon. But, what this idea brings up is that David Stearns should be in active conversations with the Marlins. They are trying to sell for parts right now, and that is something to take advantage of.
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Bour would be nice to see in Miller Park. Logistically though, it cannot work. Thames and Aguilar will be splitting their time in 2018, and the Brewers will have to find another way to improve their lineup.