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.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.