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Report: Mariners likely to trade Nick Franklin or Brad Miller by Opening Day

Feb 20, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

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Many have speculated about a possible match between the Mets and free agent Stephen Drew, but New York could end up finding a shortstop on the trade market.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York passes along word from industry insiders that the Mariners are likely to trade either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller by Opening Day. Franklin is more likely to be moved, as he became expendable after the Robinson Cano signing and Miller is considered the better all-around player.

It’s unclear whether the Mets have actually had discussions with the Mariners in regard to Franklin or Miller, but it would likely take a significant prospect to get a deal done. And plenty of teams should be interested if both players are truly on the market.

Franklin, who turns 23 in March, hit .225/.303/.382 with 12 home runs, 45 RBI, and six stolen bases in 102 games as a rookie last year. The Mariners used him almost exclusively at second base after his call-up and there are questions about his ability to hold his own defensively at shortstop.

  1. joenash72 - Feb 21, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    Maybe we could trade Robinson Cano? Probably hafta eat most of the $$$ tho……. /sarcasm

    Thank God for the success the Seahawks are having. Makes being a Mariner fan a little more bearable.

    Used to be a Jack Z believer. The more I see of him in action, though, now not so much.

    • markdyar - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Probably should while he still has trade value. Next year he’ll be coming off a 240/16/70 season. Isn’t that what happens to everybody they bring in? This is one snake-bit franchise.

  2. shane1885 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    They should trade Franklin for Jon Jay straight up, but knowing Jack Z he will trade for a couple no name prospects like he did with Fister.

    • tuberippin - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:58 AM

      St. Louis has no real need for Franklin though, but that would be a standard-fare savvy trade by Mozeliak.

      Tough to see how Jack Z can get a decent ML-ready player in return for Franklin. Seems plausible that the Mariners could get Oswaldo Arcia from Minnesota, being that the Twins have no ML-ready shortstop, though they have a couple prospects in the pipeline. That would be unlike Z though.

      Or perhaps Jose Tabata from Pittsburgh, though that also is problematic since the Pirates leaned heavily on defense last season and Franklin isn’t very good defensively at short.

      They could probably get Duda or Davis from the Mets, but Seattle’s already overloaded with subpar 1B/DH guys.

      • yahmule - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        If they could cash Franklin in for Arcia, that deal would have happened already.

    • paperlions - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Well, yeah, if such a deal was available, but it isn’t. Franklin isn’t a SS. No one thinks he can play SS. The Cardinals don’t need a 2B, and even if Bourjos wins the starting CF job, Jay is a far more useful bench player to the Cardinals right now than Franklin would be.

  3. cowstache - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    It doesn’t matter what they do, if they don’t get help for Felix and Iwakuma they won’t compete!

  4. markdyar - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    It’s the M’s. They’ll trade Franklin for either a washed up reliever or a 6’4″ “power hitter” that’s slow and injury prone. And Franklin will go on to become a perennial All Star with another team. Oh, well, at least we’ll have endless reruns of the SB to watch. Go ‘Hawks!!!!

    • yahmule - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Watch them for the next 35 years. That’s how long Seattle went between championships. You have a Jack Sikma poster, right?

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