Report: Pirates have interest in trading for Jeff Francoeur

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Update (9:52 PM EST): John Perrotto of USA TODAY adds that the Pirates also have interest in Phillies outfielder Ben Revere, but he would come at a higher cost.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Pirates are interested in trading for Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur, as well as other potential bench and platoon bats.

Francoeur, 31, has had a bit of a resurgence with the Phillies after posting abysmal numbers between 2012-14. He has hit .249 with a meager .281 on-base percentage, but has slugged .414 with six home runs in 192 plate appearances. Baseball Reference credits him with an adjusted OPS of 91, which is only nine points below the league average. Comparatively, Matt Kemp has an adjusted OPS of 85.

Francoeur has hit lefties much better than their right-handed counterparts, with an OPS split of .800 and .547, respectively, so he would fit into a platoon situation. He is eligible for free agency after the season.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.

“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.