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MLB Rumors: Tampa Bay Rays in trade talks for Nick Franklin

The Tampa Bay Rays might not be interested in trading David Price this off-season, but the dialogue about Price with one team might lead to a deal for another infielder.

Jon Heyman of CBS reports tonight that the Rays are engaged in trade talks with the Seattle Mariners for infielder Nick Franklin.

Tampa Bay may actually match up better with Seattle in such an endeavor, according to the sources.

The Rays and Mariners had extensive trade talks earlier this winter involving superstar pitcher David Price so there’s, at the least, some familiarity with each others’ systems.

Franklin is from the Orlando area and starred at his high school there.”

The Rays join the New York Mets on the list of teams interested in a deal for Franklin. Presumably the Rays would offer Franklin a chance to compete for a spot and to be deployed from multiple spots on the roster because that’s what the Rays do. The Mets, on the other hand, are looking for another option specifically at the shortstop position. They are underwhelmed by their own prospect, Ruben Tejada, and would like to find somebody not named Stephen Drew, apparently.

Call it a bias that the Rays are always right, but here’s betting that Franklin would discover a spark if he landed with them.

Tags: Nick Franklin Seattle Mariners Tampa Bay Rays

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