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Would the Mariners trade “top target” Nick Franklin to the rival A’s?

Jul 21, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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There’s no room for Nick Franklin in Seattle because the Mariners don’t trust his defense at shortstop and Robinson Cano kind of has second base locked down for a while, but he’d make plenty of sense for a lot of other teams.

And apparently the A’s are one of them, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Franklin “is a top target” for Oakland “but the question will be whether Seattle–currently in a playoff spot–would want to strengthen a division rival.”

Oakland would use Franklin at second base, which is where he played for Seattle last season before Cano pushed him out of a job and back to Triple-A. He hasn’t produced much in the majors yet, but Franklin is still just 23 years old and has hit .300 with nine homers and an .875 OPS in 60 games at Triple-A this season after posting even better numbers there last year.

Trades within divisions are rare, but the Mariners have been said to be shopping Franklin since signing Cano this offseason and Joe Stiglich of says the A’s still have plenty of talent in their farm system even after the big trade for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

  1. chip56 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    The A’s and Mariners have done business in the recent past as the two teams were both part of the three team deal that landed Mike Morse in Seattle and John Jaso in Oakland.

    The Mariners weren’t fighting for a playoff spot at that time though.

    • scatterbrian - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      That’s how I’m looking at this. If it happens a third team will be involved.

      • chip56 - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Even if a third team were involved, I doubt that two teams going for the playoffs would want to participate in a deal that could come back to bite them in October.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        You make the move that helps you get to the post season, then worry about it when you get there.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      As a side note, the Nats got a bit out of that deal.

      Ian Krol, part of price paid to the Tigers for Doug Fister.
      Blake Treinen, a useful fill-in starter for the Nats, pitching well at Syracuse (2.25, 1.15 WHIP).
      A.J. Cole, one of the prospects traded to the A’s in the Gio Gonzalez deal, returned to the Washington organization, recently promoted to Syracuse.

      • chip56 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        True – but the point was more about the M’s and A’s doing business.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        I know. Just adding a little perspective from the other team in the trade. So it didn’t look like there were only 2 teams in a 3-team trade.

  2. kennewickmike - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    I do not see strengthening the team you are chasing. They will probably look outside the division or even league

    • Shayna - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      A moderately hit-some middle infielder? Is his passport in order? Sounds like a trip north might be just the solution to the Mariners’ need to offload him. Heaven knows the Jays’ middle infield and batting order need some shoring up.

  3. watermelon1 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I think the bigger question is what the A’s would offer.

    After all… Whole losing this guy might hurt Seattle and “strengthen a division opponent,” the same can also be said for whatever Oakland gives up in the trade. It weakens them and makes a division opponent stronger.

  4. slizzyslizz - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    If David Price agrees to an extension to Seattle, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them ship walker franklin and another over to Tampa for his services.

  5. wilmyers09 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    slizzyslizz David price already said he would not sign an extension with seattle

  6. mitchbaseball - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Maybe Oakland will send Callaspo/Punto to Seattle for Franklin ! Both of them need a change of scenery !

    • rawdog2013 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      We’re making a run at the World Series now. We don’t need an infielder who is unproven, at least for this year. This guy would be no better than Sogard or Callaspo this year.
      I don’t see this happening.

      Go get a guy that can contribute this year.

  7. jolink653 - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    I can’t imagine Seattle strengthening one of the teams they’re chasing for the division crown unless they were completely blown away by Oakland’s offer.

    The Yankees would make more sense. Roberts/Kelly Johnson haven’t been lighting the world on fire, and Franklin could fit right in at second provided the cost isn’t too steep

  8. hcf95688 - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Smokescreen. When is the last time the A”s were rumored to be part of a trade that actually happened? No, thats not Billy Beane’s style. He never tips his hand; when he pulls the trigger it comes out of the blue.

    • clemente2 - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Yep, the A’s are working on someone else, and want the press and less-nimble teams off the target’s scent.

  9. denny65 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    I’m not sure Nick Franklin will ever be MLB ready. He had a brief flurry in 2013 before pitchers had him figured out, and Nick has basically hit nothing since.

    Sure, trade him to the As, and let’s hope they play him everyday.

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