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

Orioles, Mets, Rays asking about Mariners’ Nick Franklin


With the signing of Robinson Cano, the Seattle Mariners found themselves with an extra middle infielder.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that three teams have interest in the Seattle Mariners’ Nick Franklin, who has been rumored to be on the trade block. The Mets seem to be the team with the most pressing need of a middle infielder, especially at shortstop; the problem there is that Nick Franklin is primarily a second baseman, and some experts do not believe he has the range or arm to be a successful shortstop.

Second base might be Franklin’s best position, but Mets scouts are gauging whether he can play shortstop. The Mariners have determined that they will go with Brad Miller, who is having a great spring, at shortstop. Franklin’s second-base opportunity went away in Seattle when the Mariners signed Robinson Cano, who is 12 for 19 so far this spring.

One place that makes sense as a potential landing spot for Franklin is in Baltimore with the Orioles. Right now, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter is using a combination of Ryan Flaherty, Alexi Casilla, and prospect Jonathan Schoop in Spring Training games at second base. Schoop is putting on the best show of the three, batting .500 so far. Casilla has been dealing with leg injuries in the past few days, so the Orioles could opt to trade for Franklin.

Last season, the 23-year old Franklin logged 102 games for the Mariners, hitting .225/.303/.382 with 12 homers. He has 96 games logged at second base, as opposed to only three at shortstop.

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  • Jeff

    Not much better if any over Flaherty, I am wondering if they are looking at a three team trade and the mets end up with JJ Hardy. The Orioles can then move Manny to short and Schoop to third and Franklin to second. This will also free up some cash to sign Davis long term, then the infield is set thru 2017

    • SteveF

      Hardy isnt going anywhere

  • Not4Nutten

    Franklin is not a major leaguer, his fielding percentage at short is 943 and his range is 615. He’s got hands of stone and why give up a player for him. Either stick with Tejada or sign Drew who is a proven Major Leaguer and # Overall in defense last year. Hello!!!!!!

  • Charles Barrus

    Orioles don’t need him.