The Angels officially announced the signing of Justin Bour to a one-year deal on Saturday. The contract is for $2.5 million, according to a Major League source. Bour, 30, brings left-handed power and he can be used as a platoon partner at first base with Jose Pujols. Pujols can also serve
The Angels officially announced the signing of Justin Bour to a one-year deal on Saturday. The contract is for $2.5 million, according to a Major League source.
Bour, 30, brings left-handed power and he can be used as a platoon partner at first base with Jose Pujols. Pujols can also serve as a designated hitter with Bour at first base early in the season until Shohei Ohtani is ready to return from Tommy John surgery.
But it doesn't give the Angels much flexibility, as Ohtani is limited to serving as the DH in 2019, while Bour and Pujols are both first basemen.
"It puts pressure on the other bench players to make sure they can really cover multiple spots," general manager Billy Eppler said.
Bour hit a combined .227/.341/.404 with 20 homers, 13 doubles and 59 RBIs in 141 games with the Marlins and Phillies in 2018. He was non-tendered by Philadelphia on Nov. 30, which made him a free agent.
Bour's best season came in 2017, when he hit .289/.366/.536 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs in 108 games with Miami. He's a career .260/.344/.466 hitter with 84 homers and 277 RBIs in 507 games over five seasons. He's fared even better against right-handers, batting .269/.354/.499 in 1,415 plate appearances.
It was the only notable move by the Angels at the Winter Meetings, and Eppler said it's not due to a lack of trying, as they've been aggressive so far without much action.
"We've put a number of offers out on things," Eppler said. "We're ready to go. It's just if those points intersect and how we value it and how they see it from other side. But if we could fill out our entire roster tonight, I'd be all for it."
Eppler, though, said he's not frustrated with the lack of action, and said it's helped lay the groundwork for future moves.
"They have allowed us to further identify what we can do and what we can't do," Eppler said. "There are a lot of players in free agency and then you add in non-tenders and trade candidates, there are 30-40 more names to sift through. It takes time. You go through to see if it fits or not, and if it does fit, at what price point? It might not yield action, which a lot of people want to see, but it's productive from our standpoint to know what is reality."
Rhett Bollinger covers the Angels for MLB.com. He previously covered the Twins from 2011-18. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.