The Phillies announced that they have non-tendered two players who were acquired in the middle of the 2018 campaign. Left-handed-hitting first baseman Justin Bour and lefty reliever Luis Avilan will head to the open market. The former was projected by MLBTR & Matt Swartz to earn a $5.2MM salary, while the latter projected at $3.1MM.
Bour was added as a rental bat last summer, but the 30-year-old was a tough long-term fit on a Phillies roster that already has plenty of immobile sluggers. The 30-year-old will be a prime target of teams looking for lefty pop, though he didn’t perform to his typical standards at the plate in 2018 and is far and away most effective against right-handed pitching.
As for Avilan, 29, he’s sure to find another opportunity. The seven-year MLB veteran has thrown 308 2/3 total frames of 3.09 ERA ball, though of course that has come mostly in action against same-handed hitters. Avilan has held opposing righties to a .672 OPS, which is rather impressive — particularly given that lefty bats carry only a .213/.289/.292 slash against him.