|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||515.00||16.00||.233||67.00||58.00||8.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Oakland||43||13||2|| .333|| .512|| .302|
|vs RHP||250||58||11|| .307|| .420|| .232|
|04/15/2014||Nolan Arenado, 3B COL|
Nick Franklin, 2B SEA
Travis Wood, SP CHC
Corey Dickerson, CF COL
|Brandon Moss, 1B OAK|
Mike Leake, SP CIN
Lorenzo Cain, CF KC
Jonathan Schoop, 2B BAL
|04/14/2014||Nick Franklin, 2B SEA||Matt Moore, SP TB|
|04/14/2014||Yangervis Solarte, 3B NYY|
Brandon Morrow, SP TOR
|Nick Franklin, 2B SEA|
Mitch Moreland, 1B TEX
|Last 10 Games|
|Brad Miller set to start at short for Seattle |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(3/28/14) What was assumed is now official: Brad Miller is the starting shortstop for the Mariners. Lloyd McClendon has also announced the Nick Franklin has been demoted to Triple-A Tacoma.
Miller thoroughly outplayed Franklin in the spring competition. Miller batted .439 with 17 runs, four home runs and 12 RBI in exhibition play to run away with the position.
"Brad separated himself," McClendon told MLB.com. "I'd be a fool not to recognize that. Brad won the job. Nick didn't lose it."
|Numerous teams looking into Nick Franklin's availability |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(3/21/14) Though Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said the race is still wide open, the team appears to be leaning in the direction of Brad Miller as the starting shortstop with opening day looming. That leaves Nick Franklin as a potential odd man out, and CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports numerous teams are ready to pounce if the Mariners decide to make him available via trade.
According to the report, the Tigers are looking into Franklin to fill their shortstop vacancy, but they aren't alone. The Mets, Rays and Orioles are also showing interest in the 23-year-old, who is batting .253/.333/.412 in the spring.
At this point, it is not clear if any team has approached the Mariners regarding Franklin's availability. He was rated the No. 79 prospect in the game a year ago by Baseball America, and acquitted himself decently at the major-league level. He hit .225/.303/.382 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 102 games for the Mariners, albeit in one of the league's toughest ballparks.
|Mariners manager not ready to name starting shortstop |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(3/20/14) Brad Miller has performing much better offensively (.447/1.000/1.512) this spring than Nick Franklin (.235/.412/.745), and it would seem he is running away with the starting shortstop job for the Mariners. However, manager Lloyd McClendon considers it a closer race than you would think.
"I think they’ve both played well to this point," McClendon said, per The Seattle Times. "I will reserve my thoughts on that for a little while longer. But they’ve both done a nice job. I’ve been pleased. As far as separation, I don’t think they’ve really separated themselves. I evaluate things a little different than how you guys evaluate them. I don’t particularly evaluate on given performance on any day. I see good things from both of them."
|Lloyd McClendon seeking to find best lineup combination |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(3/19/14) Lloyd McClendon knows who will be in what is a strengthened Mariners lineup to start this season, but he is still experimenting with the batting order, per the Tacoma News-Tribune.
McClendon will bat sizzling shortstop Brad Miller second and third baseman Kyle Seager fifth in the game Wednesday against Milwaukee. He is planning on batting deposed shortstop Nick Franklin leadoff on Thursday. The Mariners have reportedly been actively seeking to trade Franklin.
|Orioles appear interested in Nick Franklin |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(3/13/14) The Orioles have entered the fray for infielder Nick Franklin, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
The Mariners are considering dealing the infielder. Brad Miller has wrapped up the job at shortstop, and the club signed Robinson Cano in the offseason, pushing Franklin out of a role. The Orioles would use Franklin at second base, where Jemile Weeks and Jonathan Schoop have been competing during camp.
Franklin has also been pursued by the Rays and Mets. He hit .225/.303/.382 in 369 at-bats last year.
|After he homered twice in his fourth big-league game last year, Fantasy owners were hooked on Nick Franklin. And why not? He was a top prospect who showed 20-20 potential in the minors and was usable at both middle infield spots. And as late as July 28, he was hitting .277 with 10 homers, five steals and an .832 OPS. But boy, did things go south from there. Maybe that knee bruise he suffered in early July was worse than he let on. Maybe he became fatigued playing out a 162-game schedule for the first time. Maybe major-league pitchers simply caught up to him. Whatever the reason, he hit .167 with two homers, one steal and a .523 OPS over his final 50 games, raising doubts about just what kind of player he'll be in Fantasy. He certainly wouldn't be the first Mariners hitting prospect to go out with a whimper. Obviously, declaring a final verdict on him would be foolish. At 23, he has nowhere to go but up, making him a sleeper of sorts if he somehow beats out Brad Miller for the starting job in Seattle or gets traded elsewhere. But after burning so many Fantasy teams down the stretch, he's no lock to get drafted, particularly since he's no longer eligible at shortstop.
(Updated 12/30/13) |
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|3/22/14||@ OAK||4:05 pm||Scott Kazmir|
|3/22/14||@ COL||4:10 pm||Brett Anderson|
|4/16/14||@ TEX||8:05 pm||Yu Darvish|
|4/17/14||@ TEX||2:05 pm||Tanner Scheppers|
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