March 3, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Nick Franklin (6) throws to first to complete an out against the Colorado Rockies at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Rays, Mets, Orioles interested in Nick Franklin trade with Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners are reportedly open to the idea of trading infielder Nick Franklin – especially given the addition of Robinson Cano.

If they do  opt to make such a move, multiple teams are said to be interested, including the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles.

The Mets and Rays interest has been known for a few days, but the Orioles involving themselves is new news.

The Orioles are a third team with interest in Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, joining the Rays and Mets, sources say.

Franklin could be a second-base candidate for the Orioles as well as the Rays. The Mets need a shortstop, and have been scouting Franklin for that position. Franklin came up for Seattle last summer and hit 12 home runs, showing good pop.

Jon Heyman goes on to suggest that a trade out of Seattle is ‘strong’ and that discussions are ‘ongoing’.

Sounds as if Franklin may be changing zip codes before the regular season kicks off – something that he’s probably quite happy with given the reduction in playing time.

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