Feb 23, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Nick Franklin (6) fields grounders during camp at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Franklin To The Mets? Rays Now Interested

Jun 28, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Colome (37) throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Remember the other day when I reported that the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners had been in talks during the Winter Meetings about a trade involving Nick Franklin and how they would likely resume those talks soon?

Okay, to be fair, I did initially report that it was RYAN Franklin and not Nick, but that was a mindless slip. Anyways, remember that story?

Well, not so fast.

Apparently, the Tampa Bay Rays have emerged as another interested party in Franklin’s services. But before you all get excited about the possibility of David Price rumors again, let me say that it would take more than Franklin and a prospect or two to get Price.

More than likely, the Mariners would target someone like Alex Colome, though that alone wouldn’t get the deal done.

In Colome’s first three major league starts (all in 2013) he was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA. He allowed nine walks and two homers in those outings, suggesting he still needs some polish.

But a little competition on the trade front could get the Mets to offer up more if they truly want to acquire Franklin’s services.

So stay tuned as more on this comes to light and possible trade scenarios emerge.

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