Mariners Who Could Possibly Be Traded This Offseason
Aug 14, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners catcherHumberto Quintero
(35) is congratulated by second basemanNick Franklin
(20) and second basemanDustin Ackley
(13) after he and Ackley scored during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
2B Nick Franklin/ OF Dustin Ackley
Both second baseman Nick Franklin and outfielder Dustin Ackley are players whose names could be floated around in trade talks for a variety of reasons.
In Franklin and Ackley, the M’s have two players who can play the same position, and if Jack Z is looking to acquire players through a trade, this makes them logical pieces to move.
Though they are not interchangeable, if the M’s were to move Franklin, Ackley could switch back to second base, a position he played up until July of this past season.
Conversely, if the another team is looking for a second baseman, the M’s could shop Ackley and then keep Franklin at second.
Both players are still young, were highly touted prospects in the minors, and have big league experience under their belts. Either of these players could be on other team’s radars.