The SF Giants have released a seasoned first baseman Justin Bour from her Triple-A partner (Sacramento River Cats) earlier this week. The organization signed Bour just a few months ago, just before the start of the season. At the time it was unclear whether the veteran starting the first baseman would Brandon belt would be healthy enough to be on the active list to start the season, and other younger corner thugs, like LaMonte Wade Jr and Jason VoslerAt MLB level, he still had to prove himself. Belt got off to a healthy start to the season, however, and while his current injury status is uncertain, both Wade and Vosler have proven viable alternatives.
That year, Bour hit .213 / .346 / .426 with six home runs in 33 games for the River Cats. At 33, Bour’s best accomplishments are likely behind him, and he’ll look elsewhere. He could have had an opt-out in his original contract that forced the Giants to release him or add him to the big league roster. He could have another opportunity internationally that led him to ask the Giants for his release.
The SF Giants have fired Justin Bour from their Triple-A daughter’s roster.
Bour peaked as the first baseman for the Miami Marlins from 2015 to 2018 before moving to the Phillies, where he mainly worked on a train under current Giants manager Gabe Kapler. As a free agent into the 2019 season, Bour signed with the Los Angeles Angels, but he only hit 0.172 / 0.259 / 0.364 in 52 games before he was released. In his six major league seasons, Bour has appeared in 559 games, received record appearances in 1950, scored 92 home runs and scored a .253 / .337 / .457 triple slash.
In 2020, Bour agreed to a one-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. In 102 games, Bour hit 17 home runs and amassed 45 RBI but posted a disappointing .243 / .343 / .421 line. Bour has consistently shown heavy platoon splits, scored far better against right-handed than right-handed, and played in Japan almost every day, which has likely forced him to face left-handed more often than in the US
The SF Giants could potentially re-sign Justin Bour, especially if veteran first base player Brandon Belt is out for the season with an injury. However, Bour could also find an opportunity with a weaker MLB team, particularly in the American League, which may have more opportunities to find game time at first base or as a designated hitter.