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Seattle Mariners trade rumors: Nick Franklin, Brad Miller become trade chips?

Brad Miller could get traded before the start of the 2014 MLB season.
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Seattle Mariners trade rumors indicate the team could trade Nick Franklin or Brad Miller before Opening Day. These Mariners trade rumors link the team to the New York Mets, as it is a franchise that could really use a youngster at shortstop to replace Ruben Tejada at the position. According to a report from ESPN on Thursday (Feb. 20), the team could look to part with one of its young prospects as there might not be roster space for both this season.

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This isn't exactly groundbreaking news for M's fans, as it has been rumored for a while that Franklin could get dealt. He lost his second base position on the team when Robinson Cano was signed and now all indications point to Franklin and Miller battling it out in Spring Training to be the starting shortstop. Miller has shown to be the much better defensive player between the two, but anything can happen in the preseason.

Before the 25-man roster is set for the 2014 MLB season, either Brad Miller or Nick Franklin is going to lose out on the starting spot on this team. It means a quick trip down to Tacoma and the Triple-A affiliate. The alternative is that the franchise deals one of them to improve at another spot on the roster. While no Seattle Mariners trade rumors indicate that a deal is imminent, this is a situation to pay close attention to as the spring games get started.

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