Seattle Mariners trade rumors regarding Nick Franklin are very prevalent. Ever since the Robinson Cano signing, Seattle Mariners trade rumors about infielder Nick Franklin have been popping up. According to a report from CBS Sports late Wednesday (Dec. 18), there strong interest coming from multiple teams. This could suggest that a deal is on the horizon, especially with the depth that the team already has at his primary positions of second base and shortstop.
One team that has surfaced with interest is the New York Mets. It is unclear what the team would be willing to put up in a deal. What is also unclear is just what value other franchises are putting on the first round pick out of the 2009 amateur draft. The 22-year-old infielder still seems to have a high ceiling in Major League Baseball, despite losing second base to Cano in one of the biggest free agent signings baseball has seen.
In his rookie season with the Mariners, Franklin finished with a .225 batting average, 33 extra base hits, and a lot of opportunities to show what he could do at second base. He is still under team control for six more seasons, with three of those being arbitration eligible years. Expect more Seattle Mariners trade rumors to surface for that reason, because he has quite a few inexpensive years in front of him for another franchise.
The expectation from many fans in Seattle is that Nick Franklin will be dealt in the short-term, with the only question being what the team can bring back in any transaction. There had been suggestions that he would be included in a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that also included Taijuan Walker in exchange for David Price. Since then, general manager Jack Zduriencik has stated publicly that he won't be trading Walker. As for Franklin, he could still be part of a deal.
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