According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates have shown interest in obtaining Phillies outfielders Ben Revere and Jeff Francoeur. At 52-35, the Pirates have the second-best record in the NL and are in the driver’s seat for a Wild Card position while keeping within arm’s length of the first place Cardinals but have seen injuries ravage their depth chart. All-Star utility player Josh Harrison will be sidelined with a torn UCL thrusting other utility player Jung Ho Kang into the starting line-up. The movement has left the Pirates bench corps very thin.
Revere could be an option for the Pirates in the lead-off position when starting in a platoon or bench role. Since April 28, Revere has hit .320/.360/.395 with 16 steals while leading the NL in triples for the season. Frenchy, on the other hand, may not have the flashiest slash line for the season, .246/.278/.410 with six homers, but has mashed righties with a .481 slugging percentage on the year. Revere was nearly dealt to Anaheim last month for impressive rookie reliever Trevor Gott, establishing an idea of what he could fetch while Biertempfel suggests Steven Brault, 23-year old, 2013 11th-round draft choice, could be the going rate for Francoeur.