Nick Franklin To The Mets?

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According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mariners are likely to trade either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller before Opening Day, with Franklin the leading candidate to be shipped elsewhere.

First-year manager Lloyd McClendon recently said Miller and Franklin would battle it out for the shortstop position, but Miller is the clear favorite after playing the majority of his games there for the Mariners in 2013.

Franklin played just three games at shortstop last season, is better suited defensively at 2nd base, and the signing of Robinson Cano has made the 23-year-old expendable.

Although I speculated Franklin would be a fit for the Yankees earlier this winter, Rubin seems to think the Mets would be a good landing spot as an offensive upgrade at shortstop where light-hitting Ruben Tejada currently resides.

However, it remains to be seen if Franklin can handle the position at the major league level. Despite playing more than 2/3 of his games at shortstop in the minors, most baseball evaluators don’t believe he can.

Regardless, it looks like a near certainty that the #79 ranked prospect by Baseball America before the 2013 season will be donning a new uniform before the start of the 2014 season. OutsidePitchMLB.com will have all the breaking news and updates on Franklin in the coming weeks.

Follow OPSN Lead Writer Shawn Ferris on Twitter @RealShawnFerris for more MLB news, updates, and analysis.

 

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