Tigers to pursue Nick Franklin
When starting short stop, Jose Iglesias, went down with ‘significant injuries’ to both shins — that look like they’ll keep him out until after the All-Star break and potentially the entire 2014 season — The Detroit Tigers management were left scrambling as they surveyed the landscape for both internal and external solutions.
Free agent Stephen Drew had been considered the most obvious fit. However any deal for Drew seems unlikely at this time. It’s reported Drew’s asking price ‘jumped up $2 million’ as his representative’s look to play on the Tigers’ perceived ‘desperation’ at the position.
It now looks as though the Tigers will attempt to deal with the Mariners to bring in 23 year old 2B/SS, Nick Franklin. Franklin who came into the Mariners camp looking to battle for their own short spot, following the addition of Robinson Cano on a 10-year $240m deal this winter, has struggled to compete with Brad Miller at the position — 1.373 OPS in 10 Cactus League games. Miller, another lefty, was initially the odd man out in Seattle but now the Mariners will look to cash in on Franklin as they work to bring more balance and depth to their line-up.
No deal is considered imminent. But sources told outsidepitchmlb.com that initial contact has been made and any potential deal could be finalized as early as mid-week.
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