The New York Mets have recently had discussions with the Seattle Mariners about the possibility of a trade that would send M’s infielder Nick Franklin to the Mets, according to a report from ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin.
A source told the site that the two sides have talked before, as far back as the Winter Meetings in December, about a trade, and talks are expected to pick up the the coming weeks.
Seattle is willing to deal Franklin, who turns 23 on March 2, hit .225 with 12 homers, 45 RBIs and six steals in 369 at-bats as a rookie last season, because they currently have an excess of infielders after signing Robinson Cano pushed Franklin out of his starting spot. And the Mets have enough pitching to get a deal done.
Though Franklin has played mostly at second base, he is capable of playing shortstop, Rubin says “the Mets likely would need to further debate whether they feel Franklin can handle full-time shortstop before pulling the trigger on any such deal.”
As for right now, Ruben Tejada is expected to be the team’s starting shortstop on Opening Day, unless they do decide to make a trade or signing, whether it be for Franklin, or the more obvious choice, Stephen Drew.