Nick Franklin 2B/SS SEA 6 Days

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's have made Nick Franklin a "top target."

Franklin has spent a large majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Tacoma with Robinson Cano manning second base and Brad Miller at shortstop for Seattle. The talented 23-year-old could step in as the starting second baseman in Oakland, but Slusser notes that the in-contention M's might not want to strengthen a division rival.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS SEA 2 Months

Mariners optioned INF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma.

Franklin had been called up in the wake of Corey Hart's hamstring injury, but the hot bat he'd swung in the minors froze against major league pitching. The 23-year-old was hitting .128/.192/.170 as of Tuesday. Erasmo Ramirez will take his place on the roster.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS SEA 2 Months

Making his fifth start of the year at shortstop, Nick Franklin struck out all three times he was up Saturday against the Tigers.

Franklin is 0-for-14 with nine strikeouts in his last four games and 2-for-28 in his last eight games. For the season, he's 6-for-47 with one extra-base hit and a 21/3 K/BB ratio. The shortstop job is there for the taking with Brad Miller still struggling, but Franklin has done absolutely nothing to capitalize.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS SEA 2 Months

Nick Franklin had two hits, a run scored and a stolen base in his return to the Mariners' lineup on Tuesday.

Franklin also drove in a run in the game, a game he started at DH just hours after being recalled from Triple-A. Franklin should get a fair amount of at-bats in place of Corey Hart, and he's certainly got the stick to be a worthwhile addition to the Mariners' lineup. If he can continue to hit this go-round, he may not be the one going back to the minors upon Hart's return.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS SEA 2 Months

Mariners recalled INF/OF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma.

As expected, he'll take Corey Hart's spot on the active roster. Given Brad Miller's struggles, Franklin could have a chance to take away at-bats at shortstop. It's also worth noting that he has been playing the outfield in Triple-A. Either way, he makes for a worthwhile addition in deeper mixed leagues.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS SEA 2 Months

Nick Franklin is likely to be called up this week by the Mariners as soon as Tuesday.

That's assuming his back is OK, as he tweaked it recently at Triple-A Tacoma. Franklin was just 2-for-13 at the plate earlier this season for the Mariners. It's possible he could supplant the struggling Brad Miller at shortstop.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS SEA 3 Months

Mariners optioned INF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma.

Franklin's stay in Seattle lasted only a week, as he's headed to Las Vegas to meet the Triple-A team on their road trip. In his stay, Franklin was just 2-for-13 with a triple. The move is a little surprising, as the team's starting shortstop, Brad Miller, hasn't been playing terribly well of late either. No corresponding move was announced.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS SEA 3 Months

Nick Franklin is starting in right field for the Mariners on Wednesday.

Franklin played some in the outfield in spring training and played two innings there in Tuesday's game, but this is his first ever start in the outfield as a professional. It's the 23-year-old's fourth start in seven games since being promoted. Franklin has just one hit in his first 13 at-bats, but he certainly has the potential to hit his way into the lineup more often if he can prove to be adequate in the outfield.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS SEA 3 Months

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/SS SEA 3 Months

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.