Report: Mets Eyeing Franklin
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(1090 The Fan) — Trade talks involving Mariners infielder Nick Franklin are reportedly progressing.
According to ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin, a team official with the New York Mets confirms the club is interested in the young infielder. The source reportedly claims the Mets and Mariners discussed a possible trade involving Franklin at the Winter Meetings and are now coming back with an altered proposal.
Rubin says the Mets had not pulled the trigger this winter because they had been weighing whether or not Franklin could blossom into an everyday shortstop at the Major League level in 2014. Rubin also says the Mets have been contemplating whether to part ways with a pitching prospect such as Rafael Montero in exchange for Franklin.
Montero, the 23-year-old right hander from Banica in the Dominican Republic, split time between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas last year where he held a combined record of 12-7 with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.101 WHIP.
Franklin, who spent most of his Major League time at second base in 2013, finds himself fighting for a job as the starting shortstop because of the arrival of five-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano. Brad Miller, who was called up in the middle of the 2013 campaign, is not an uncontested starter at shortstop (like Cano is with second base), but it is Miller’s job to lose in Spring Training.
Meanwhile, the Mets are on the fence about their current shortstop Ruben Tejada, who many declare under-performed in 2013.
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