Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Yankees are pursuing a trade for Marlins’ first baseman Justin Bour, though he believes it’s unlikely that the team would be inclined to move someone of Bour’s talent and affordability. The 29-year-old infielder is arbitration-eligible through the 2020 season and has been one of the more productive members of the third-place Marlins so far this season. Neither the Yankees nor the Marlins have officially confirmed the rumor.
Bour is in his fourth season with the Marlins and is currently working his way back from an injury-plagued 2016 season, during which he missed 65 days with a lingering right ankle sprain. He bruised his left ankle last month, but spent minimal time on the disabled list and recovered to slash .286/.361/.553 with 20 home runs and a .914 OPS through his first 76 games this year. He’s owed just $552,500 through 2017, which makes him an ideal get for any team looking to shore up their infield in the second half.
This isn’t the first time the Yankees have been linked to the hot-hitting first baseman, but with the clock ticking and their infield options becoming scarcer and scarcer, it makes sense that they’d start pursuing a trade in earnest. The Marlins are currently mired in a lengthy search for new ownership and might not be positioned for a fire sale, though they appear willing to listen to any reasonable offers on Bour and, per a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, could part with any player with a multi-year contract.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.