Nick Franklin 2B SEA 5 Days

Mariners recalled INF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma.

Franklin earned the promotion after batting .395/.469/.744 with four homers and 13 RBI over his first 11 Triple-A contests this season. While he has yet to play the outfield in any professional game, Franklin played there some in spring training and the rumor is that he could see some time there while up with the big club. He'd probably have to be used some in the outfield to have much fantasy value, as there's really no room for him to play anywhere else.

Nick Franklin 2B SEA 5 Days

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners will call up Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma.

Heyman also notes that Franklin could see some playing time in the outfield. The youngster earned the promotion after a .395/.469/.744 start with four homers and 13 RBI over his first 11 Triple-A contests this season. It's possible Logan Morrison (hamstring) could be headed to the DL.

Nick Franklin 2B SEA 24 Days

Mariners optioned INF Nick Franklin, LHP Lucas Luetge and RHP Blake Beavan to Triple-A Tacoma.

The M's didn't officially announce anything until now, but Franklin never really had much of a chance to beat out Brad Miller for the starting shortstop job. He'll play mostly shortstop at Triple-A, but his best chance at playing time in the majors would probably come if he gets traded.

Nick Franklin 2B SEA 27 Days

Nick Franklin played right field in Tuesday's Cactus League game versus the Royals.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has refused to admit that Brad Miller has won the shortstop job, but him trying Franklin out at a new position certainly offers a tell. It could also mean that he might consider carrying Franklin as a utility player at the big league level rather than sending him to Triple-A to start.

Nick Franklin 2B SEA 1 Month

Ollie Connolly of Outside Pitch MLB reports that the Tigers are going to make a "serious run" at acquiring Nick Franklin from the Mariners.

Most of the speculation for the Tigers revolves around signing Stephen Drew, but Franklin is another option on the market that could be a nice fit to fill in for the injured Jose Iglesias. The Tigers farm system is nothing special though, so it's difficult to envision them having the necessary pieces to make the deal work.

Nick Franklin 2B SEA 1 Month

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets haven't had any significant talks with the Mariners regarding Nick Franklin since the winter meetings.

While the 23-year-old shortstop seems like a perfect fit and obvious upgrade for the Mets, they somehow appear content with Ruben Tejada manning the position to begin the season.

Nick Franklin 2B SEA 1 Month

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles, Rays, and Mets are all talking to the Mariners about a trade for infielder Nick Franklin.

Nick Franklin 2B SEA 1 Month

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Saturday that the shortstop competition between Brad Miller and Nick Franklin was "quite equal" at this point.

It had been assumed that the M's would attempt to trade Franklin after signing Robinson Cano this winter, with Brad Miller remaining as the team's starting shortstop and leadoff hitter, but that doesn't appear to be a foregone conclusion just yet. The 23-year-old is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with a homer, four RBI and one steal in the early going this spring.

Nick Franklin 2B SEA 2 Months

Nick Franklin went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, powering the Mariners to a 12-1 victory over the Padres in Cactus League play on Friday.

The talented 22-year-old infielder is the odd-man out in the Mariners infield after the big offseason acquisition of Robinson Cano. Unless he can displace Brad Miller as the team's starting shortstop, he's likely to be shopped around and could be donning a new uniform prior to Opening Day. His fantasy value hinges on whether he earns a starting role someplace and is in line for everyday at-bats.

Nick Franklin 2B SEA 2 Months

John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets will scout Nick Franklin throughout the spring to decide if a trade makes sense.

Harper hears that the Mets like Franklin's pop, but are unsure about his defense at shortstop, so they'll continue to evaluate him during exhibition play. The Mariners are likely to move the 22-year-old by Opening Day, with the Rays among the other teams believed to have interest.