Skip to content

Mariners could part with Nick Franklin and other young talent to bolster roster

Dec 8, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

david price getty Getty Images

If you thought the Mariners were going to call it an off-season after signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract, think again. They’re only just getting started. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the Mariners could use some of their young talent, such as middle infielder Nick Franklin, to bolster the roster. Franklin, who turns 23 on March 2, got his first taste of the big leagues last season, posting a .686 OPS in 412 plate appearances. He made Baseball America’s top-100 prospects list going into the 2011 and ’13 seasons.

Rays starter David Price is the Mariners’ top priority, Heyman writes. Price is in his third year of arbitration eligibility and can become a free agent after the 2015 season. He is due for a raise over last season’s $10.1 million salary, so the small-market Rays are interested in the salary relief that trading him would bring, similar to when they sent James Shields to the Royals last off-season. However, reports indicate that the Rays would want Taijuan Walker in any deal that sends Price to the Mariners.

In the same tweet, Heyman suggests the Mariners are looking for a “big-time” outfielder, citing free agents Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz, and trade targets Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Given that the Mariners only have to deal with two arbitration-eligible players, Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders, and currently have $36.5 million on the books for 2014, they still have plenty of room before matching last season’s Opening Day payroll of $84 million. It’s conceivable that they could pull the trigger on deals for both an outfielder and a top-tier starter.

Latest Posts
  1. Buck Showalter gets booze shower after AL East clincher

    Sep 17, 2014, 12:34 AM EDT

    showalter getty Getty Images

    CSNBaltimore.com has some exclusive video of Orioles manager Buck Showalter getting showered with beer and champagne after his club clinched the American League East title on Tuesday night …

  2. Bryce Harper rocks custom D.C. Fire Department helmet during NL East title celebration

    Sep 17, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

    1harper

    Bryce Harper came prepared for the Nationals’ division title celebration with a custom helmet sent to him from the Washington, D.C. Fire Department. These photos come courtesy of CSNWashington.com …

  3. Jose Altuve breaks Craig Biggio’s franchise record, tallying his 211th hit of the season

    Sep 16, 2014, 11:41 PM EDT

    jose altuve getty Getty Images

    Watch as Astros second baseman Jose Altuve sets the franchise record for most hits in a season with a single through the middle of the infield on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston …

  4. Video: O’s make final out to clinch first American League East championship since 1997

    Sep 16, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT

    steve pearce o's getty Getty Images

    Watch the Orioles make the final out of Tuesday night’s AL East title clincher …

  5. Tanner Roark dominates as Nationals clinch NL East

    Sep 16, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

    tanner roark getty Getty Images

    Congratulations to the Washington Nationals, who’ve clinched their second NL East crown in three years.

  6. Rays’ retirement gifts for Derek Jeter: Don Zimmer jersey and a pinstriped 16-foot kayak

    Sep 16, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

    jeter getty Getty Images

    Derek Jeter’s retirement tour continued on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field with another set of cool gifts. Along with a $16,000 check for his Turn 2 Foundation and a framed Don Zimmer jersey presented by the widow of the former Yankees bench coach, Jeter also got this custom 16-foot pinstriped kayak …

  7. Hanley Ramirez scratched Tuesday with elbow strain

    Sep 16, 2014, 9:04 PM EDT

    hanley ramirez getty Getty Images

    Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Rockies due to an elbow strain. It’s not clear when he suffered the injury or how serious it might be.

  8. Juan Lagares leaves game with hyper-extended elbow

    Sep 16, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

    Juan Lagares AP

    Lagares has dramatically out-performed expectations offensively this season, hitting .283 with four homers and a .706 OPS in 115 games, and his defense in center field has always been Gold Glove caliber.

  9. Rusney Castillo will make his Red Sox debut Wednesday

    Sep 16, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

    rusney castillo ap AP

    Castillo played a total of 10 games in the minors, participating in the playoffs at three different levels while hitting a combined .297 with four doubles and two steals.

  10. Tony Gwynn Jr. batting leadoff for Phillies in San Diego

    Sep 16, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

    tony gwnn jr. getty Getty Images

    Tony Gwynn Jr. is batting leadoff for the Phillies on Tuesday night in San Diego. It’ll be his first appearance in his hometown since the death of his Hall of Fame father.

  11. Matt Shoemaker diagnosed with mild oblique strain

    Sep 16, 2014, 7:37 PM EDT

    matt shoemaker getty Getty Images

    Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker departed his sensational start Monday night against the Mariners after experiencing discomfort on the left side of his rib cage in the top of the eighth inning. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday and the diagnosis is in …

  12. Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals’ lineup after leaving game with lightheadedness

    Sep 16, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper AP AP

    Nate Schierholtz, who replaced Harper mid-game Monday, will be on stand-by again with the Nationals able to clinch the NL East division title tonight.

  13. Nolan Arenado diagnosed with pneumonia

    Sep 16, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

    nolan arenado getty Getty Images

    Rockies trainer Keith Dugger told Nick Groke of the Denver Post on Tuesday evening that third baseman Nolan Arenado has been diagnosed with pneumonia and is at home resting while Colorado continues a three-game series against the Dodgers.

  14. Shin-Soo Choo adds ankle surgery to elbow surgery

    Sep 16, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo AP AP

    Choo’s ankle apparently bothered him for most of the season, which helps explain why he hit just .242 with 13 homers and a .714 OPS in the first year of a seven-year, $130 million contract.

  15. Josh Hamilton returns to Angels’ lineup after sitting out 10 games with shoulder injury

    Sep 16, 2014, 6:11 PM EDT

    hamilton getty Getty Images

    Josh Hamilton is in the Angels’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Mariners for the first time in 10 games, batting sixth and serving as the club’s designated hitter. Hamilton had been sidelined since September 4 with a left shoulder injury.

  16. Mark Teixeira out with pain in surgically repaired wrist

    Sep 16, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira AP

    Teixeira initially played well after returning from an April disabled list stint, but he’s been a mess since the All-Star break while hitting .179 with 43 strikeouts in 42 games.

  17. Masahiro Tanaka to pitch on Sunday

    Sep 16, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka Getty Images

    In a real game. Not a simulation.

  18. Astros shut down George Springer for the season

    Sep 16, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

    George Springer Getty Getty Images

    Springer followed up his slow start by homering 20 times in a 59-game span, but the 24-year-old outfielder last played on July 19.

  19. Bud Selig likes what he sees when he sees the Mets

    Sep 16, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

    Selig 4

    And though he calls MLB a “social institution,” he’s content to punt to the courts when it suits his interests.

Featured video

Do the Angels have any weaknesses?
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Stanton (3742)
  2. A. Rizzo (2489)
  3. R. Castillo (2388)
  4. B. Belt (2188)
  5. A. Pujols (2088)
  1. H. Ryu (2025)
  2. C. Young (2002)
  3. J. Hamilton (1938)
  4. C. Davis (1838)
  5. E. Gattis (1802)