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. It's also well known that the Marlins are expected to trade multiple pieces as they prepare for the franchise to be sold. 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. 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.
The Miami Herald notes the Marlins likely would need a lot in return to give up Bour, who is under team control through 2020 on a cheap, team-friendly deal, but the Yankees might be willing to give up a lot if they want to be a major contender this season. Bour will become arbitration-eligible for the 2018 season and will become a free agent in 2021. Giancarlo Stanton, who is in the early stages of a 13-year mega contract, could potentially be dangled, but due to his no-trade clause and enormous salary for upcoming seasons ($20 million-plus from 2018 to 2028), it is unlikely the reigning Home Run Derby champion is moved.