Seattle Mariners trade rumors still suggest a Nick Franklin trade is coming. In the most recent Seattle Mariners trade rumors, four teams are still interested in Franklin, showing that he could still get dealt by Opening Day. In a report from CBS Sports late Wednesday (March 19), it was mentioned that the New York Mets have recently spoken to the team about acquiring him as a shortstop and that the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles would like to acquire him to play second base.
When it comes to a deal with the Mets, the M's are trying to acquire starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. The Mets seem unwilling to complete any deal that includes Syndergaard and have instead been pushing players like Rafael Montero, Jeurys Familia, and Jenrry Mejia in a potential transaction. The Orioles are scouting Franklin in Peoria to see what he can do at the plate and in the field, with the idea that he could play second base this season and possibly take over at shortstop next year if J.J. Hardy leaves through free agency.
It might seem surprising that these Seattle Mariners trade rumors have dragged on so long and that the front office still hasn't pulled the trigger on anything. It could indicate that general manager Jack Zduriencik simply hasn't found the package that could help the team in the short-term. It does seem very likely that Brad Miller is going to become the permanent shortstop as he has a .447 batting average with four home runs so far in Spring Training.
Any Nick Franklin trade could potentially be hurt by the rough spring he is having at the plate. Coming in to the games on Thursday (March 20), he has a .235 batting average in 34 at-bats. It's a small sample size, but he doesn't have the stand-out numbers that could convince another franchise to deal for him right away. With no imminent deal surfacing either, time is running out for the M's to do something before they have to set the final 25-man roster for the regular season.
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