The Pittsburgh Pirates are approaching the end of the first half on a high. They boost a stellar record of 52-35 and are just 3.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for sole possession of first place in the NL Central Division. They have the opportunity to seize control of a division that the Cardinals have been dominating for years now. In order to do that they are seeking ways to upgrade their bench and platoon bats and have reportedly talked with the Philadelphia Phillies about veteran outfielders Ben Revere and Jeff Francoeur.
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) July 12, 2015
Revere seems to be the better option of the two for the Pirates to trade for. He struggled at the beginning of the year but has turned it around and has a solid batting line of .294/.335/.377 along with 21 stolen bases on the year. The Pirates have a hole at the top of their lineup as their regular leadoff hitter Josh Harrison is sidelined for about two months with a torn UCL in his thumb. Revere would be a solid replacement and help fill in the gap at the top of the lineup.
Francoeur is not having as flashy of a season as Revere. He is only hitting .246/.278/.410 on the year. He does see most of his success against righties as he is hitting .269/.304/.481 which makes him a solid platoon bat for the bench. With the loss of Harrison the Pirates are forced to give Jung-Ho Kang more playing time which leaves their bench a little thinner. The addition of Francoeur would most certainly improve their bench depth. With the Pirates zeroing in on first place, expect to see them be active at the deadline in an effort to improve their depth.