Nick Franklin 2B SEA 10 Hrs
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 2 Days
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 9 Days
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 16 Days
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 19 Days
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.
Nick Franklin 2B SEA 19 Days
According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Rays are interested in acquiring Nick Franklin from the Mariners.
The Mets have been talking to the Mariners about Franklin since December, but Heyman heard from a source Tuesday that the Rays actually match up much better for a trade. Franklin, 22, was a first-round pick in 2009 and got rated a Top 50 prospect last year by MLB.com. He's behind Robinson Cano at second base and Brad Miller at shortstop in Seattle.
Nick Franklin 2B SEA 21 Days
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have talked to the Mariners about acquiring Nick Franklin.
Rubin says the two sides first started discussing a potential trade at December's Winter Meetings and are expected to get more serious about working something out next month. The M's want pitching and the Mets need good young infielders. Franklin, a 22-year-old former first-round pick, is currently behind both Robinson Cano (2B) and Brad Miller (SS) for playing time in Seattle.
Nick Franklin 2B SEA 24 Days
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com hears that the Mariners are likely to trade Nick Franklin or Brad Miller before Opening Day.
Rubin says that Franklin is the likelier of the two to be dealt. The Mets are looking for an upgrade at shortstop and Rubin thinks that Franklin could be a fit. However, many question the soon-to-be 23-year-old's ability to hack it defensively at the position. He played 96 games at second and three at shortstop last year for the Mariners but has more minor league experience at short (261 games) than second (122 games).
Nick Franklin 2B SEA 3 Months
Nick Franklin is drawing "strong interest" from multiple teams, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The Mariners have reason to listen on Franklin, as they signed Robinson Cano to play second base and are said to prefer fellow youngster Brad Miller at shortstop. Franklin failed to impress in his major league debut last season, but he's still just 22 and was ranked as the No. 79 prospect in baseball heading into the 2013 season by Baseball America. It wouldn't be surprising if he was on another roster come Opening Day.