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Pittsburgh is interested in adding outfield help before the July 31 trade deadline and Jeff Francoeur is a candidate.

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Update -- Seattle is also in pursuit of Ben Revere, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

Original -- Pittsburgh is looking to upgrade before the July 31 trade deadline. The club is in pursuit of outfield help, and according to Rob Biertempfel of The Pittsburgh Tribune, the Pirates are interested in Ben Revere and Jeff Francoeur.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi also notes the Pirates are seeking bench and platoon bats over the next few weeks.

Revere, 27, struggled offensively early but has posted a .294/.335/.377 batting line to complement one home run and 23 RBIs through 85 games. He has also stolen 21 bases and would provide the Pirates with a valuable left-handed hitter in the top of the order in the absence of Josh Harrison. While at one point Philadelphia was reportedly considering benching Revere in order to give Cody Asche or Domonic Brown more playing time, Revere has turned it around and is riding a nine game hitting streak heading into Sunday.

The Mariners and Angels have also been linked to Revere over the last few weeks and Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported the Phillies thought they had acquired prospect Trevor Gott from Los Angeles in exchange for Revere.

While Revere would add speed to the lineup, Francoeur would provide a veteran bat in the middle of the order. After signing a minor league deal with the Phillies, he has posted a .246/.278/.410 batting line to complement six home runs and 26 RBIs. He is also batting .269 against right-handed pitching and Biertempfel believe a trade focused on prospect Steven Brault could make a deal realistic.

Harrison will be out seven weeks with a torn UCL in his thumb, according to's Tom Singer, and Manager Clint Hurdle told Singer Pittsburgh would be aggressive leading up to the deadline. Jung-Ho Kang has taken over at third base, but with Kang starting the Pirates' bench loses a notable bat. As a result, several trades for depth are likely moving forward.