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.