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Nick Franklin: Say Goodbye

Mariners fans, our free agency period has begun! The signing of Willie Bloomquist and Robinson Cano take us right into next week’s winter meetings in the big leagues. I know I say this for everyone but it feels damn good to ride a ‘high’ rather than a ‘low’.

Cano being signed was a great move, hands down. I don’t care about the contract. You all need to understand that $240 million dollars is what it takes for that caliber of talent to come play ball in the rainy Northwest.

I was skeptical at first but we need to take a look at the big picture here; Jack Zduriencik has finally made that big signing happen. We are locked down at 2nd base and have solved the middle of the order problem.

I understand 2nd base was not our issue but sometimes you have to play the person’s hand across the table in order to get the big win.

Let us take time to say goodbye to Nick Franklin. His career in Seattle will not live past this season. I am not a fan of the thought of him moving to shortstop. He is way to valuable as a trade asset.

Back to what I said earlier on playing the other man’s hand; what we did when we signed Cano is gave ourselves a huge trade asset. Nick will be an upgrade for a number of teams, for instance the Tampa Bay Rays or the Kansas City Royals. Can anyone think of a couple of guys from those teams that we want?


I am ready to forget about Franklin only because of Cano. Franklin is going to be a special player somewhere, but that somewhere won’t be Seattle.

I really hope that if we do go after someone like David Price or Billy Butler, we limit ourselves to what we give up from our farm system. I think that Z is moving away from doing that by collecting plug-n-play assets such as Nick Franklin and possibly Dustin Ackley.

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  • Troy Bannish

    Enough with the Billy Butler talk! We had a DH last year in Kendrys Morales that could Hit the ball, that wasn’t the issue! The issue lies in when a Player like Kendrys & Billy Butler run like they have a Fridge on their respective backs! Ok, maybe DH isn’t the Most athletic position on the team, or at least that is how it is “supposed to work” in the eyes of many! We know that Tampa Bay will want a replacement arm for David Price, & rightly so, the 28yr old Southpaw is a beast on the bump. If one actually takes a moment to look at the Seattle Mariners Rotation, you won’t see too many LHP! The King, (Write him in to be on the mound Opening Day!) 1) Felix Hernandez 2) Hisashi Iwakuma 3)Taijuan Walker 4) Brandon Mauer. That is 4/5 of the Mariners “projected” rotation, see any issues there?!?) You NEVER know what a young pitcher will turn into at the Big League Level, but we KNOW what David Price brings to the team. A Southpaw with pin point accuracy, Leadership due to multiple runs in the playoffs!) Price is Excellent with the ball in his hand! He will be on the Bump every 5th day for his Team, now that is something awesome. Make the deal, if nobody wants to move Walker, maybe the Rays will take James Paxson, Nick Franklin, & Justin Smoak! You could even put Jesus Montero in this deal & I’m fine with it, though I am CERTAIN that either Smoak or Montero will have to included in a deal to the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp. Deal them in order to get Proven Commodities at the Pro Level. Smoak, Montero & Franklin all have Big League Experience which just sweetens the pot for the “Other Teams” that Seattle may be Dealing With or working on a Trade with behind the scenes. Go get ‘em Mariners!