The Miami Marlins have made their corresponding move following the demotion of second baseman Derek Dietrich for defensive purposes. The Marlins have purchased the contract of Triple-A first baseman Justin Bour, whom the Marlins acquired in the minor league portion of last winter's Rule 5 Draft.
Bour is hitting .330/.407/.562 (.411 wOBA) in 231 plate appearances in Triple-A New Orleans, with nine homers and an excellent profile of strikeouts (25) to walks (17 unintentional). Last year, Bour was left unprotected in part because he struggled in a repeat season in Double-A for the Chicago Cubs' organization, but this year it appears he has figured some things out. Bour is a left-handed hitter with some pop but no strong track record of success, so the Fish are hoping his Triple-A numbers can carry over to an extent to the majors.
Bour's promotion is an interesting one for a number of reasons. Miami needs a designated hitter the next few days against the Tampa Bay Rays and on next Monday and Tuesday against the Texas Rangers. Over the next week, Miami is slated to face at least five right-handers, with the only lefty currently scheduled against the Fish being David Price tonight. Bour cannot play another position other than first, so the team could use him or Garrett Jones as a DH option in the righty matchups. Miami could turn to Jeff Baker to DH against the lefty Price tonight.
Bour also is not on the 40-man roster, which means Miami has to make a corresponding roster move to make way for his arrival. The Marlins could have opted for someone else who was already on the roster, such as Kyle Jensen, who is hitting .276/.344/.449 (.352 wOBA) if they did not need a more long-term option. Then again, the Fish a ready-made roster move available to them, as they can send Carter Capps to the 60-day DL for his likely upcoming Tommy John surgery.
The next week should be interesting for both Bour and the Marlins. Let's see how the Fish use him and when the team decides to return him to Triple-A, as there should be no need for him on the roster beyond the interleague games this week. Bour should have one week to impress the Marlins, after which you should expect to see the return of Rafael Furcal from rehab.