There is a seriously high chance that Nick Franklin get’s traded before Opening Day. The Tampa Bay Rays are looking; so are the New York Mets. In fact, they both have scouts at the Cactus League game today (where Franklin is 2-2 with a homerun).
If/when Franklin gets traded, he will likely net as part of the deal a decent pitching prospect– aka more pitching depth. The Mariners are not yet dead in the water.
But to make this season one with legitimate playoff hopes, it would be wise to sign both Santana and Morales. Heck, Bowden even wrote that article before it was mentioned that Walker was sitting out this week.
It is time for the Mariners to get more proven major league talent. Sure, the kids need to step up, but with Morales and Santana on board, that’s two less question marks on the roster.