*Editor’s note: This story was initially posted as Ryan Franklin and of course, should be Nick Franklin. Sorry for any confusion.
According to ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin, an insider for the New York Mets confirmed the team’s interest in Mariners infielder Nick Franklin.
With the loser of that battle set to get some reps in Triple-A Tacoma, it only makes sense for the M’s to try to get something in return for him. The Mets are looking for a regular shortstop – Franklin’s natural position – and have arms that the Mariners may covet. Though I think defense is more important right now.
So what can the M’s get from New York?
This is a team that needs to improve on defense. Lagares would give him that. His slash line of .242/.281/.352 is nothing to write home about. But he was typically used in the lower half of the order. Move him to the leadoff or No. 2 spot and he could really flourish.
Stay tuned as more on this story develops.