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.