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6 Nick Franklin SS
Height/Weight: 6-1/190 | Birthdate: 3/2/1991 | Birthplace: Sanford, FL | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 7/0 | Average Draft Position: 266.13
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Report: Athletics targeting Nick Franklin


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Athletics have made Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin a "top target" for acquisition, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Franklin is batting .300 with nine homers and 42 RBI in 63 games at Triple-A Tacoma.

"The question will be whether Seattle - currently in a playoff spot - would want to strengthen a division rival, and whether the A's, fresh off trading top prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, would have enough in the cupboard to land him," the paper said.


Mariners option Nick Franklin


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) The Mariners optioned shortstop Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma, reports MLB.com. Franklin was sent down to make room for Erasmo Ramirez, who'll start Tuesday at Atlanta.

Nick Franklin has chance to make good impression


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/20/2014) Corey Hart's hamstring injury and consequent trip to the DL gives Nick Franklin something he hasn't had all season: an opportunity.

Even though he was one of the most impactful rookies in Fantasy last season, hitting 20 doubles and 12 home runs with six stolen bases in 369 at-bats, the Robinson Cano signing has confined Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma, where he's hit .376 with seven home runs in and six stolen bases in 109 at-bats.

He did have one brief stint in the majors earlier this season when the Mariners thought they could fit him in the lineup with Logan Morrison sidelined by a hamstring injury, but doing so would have required Hart to play the outfield, which they determined he wasn't ready to do. Now that Hart himself is down, freeing up the DH spot, Franklin should get his at-bats.

And if he makes the most of them and Brad Miller continues to struggle, the Mariners could keep Franklin around to play shortstop when Hart returns in 4-6 weeks.


Nick Franklin probably getting the call Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Mariners utility player Nick Franklin will likely be called up Tuesday, according to ESPN 710.

Franklin is with the team in Texas, but there has been no official announcement about the move. Franklin is hitting .376 in 109 at-bats in Triple-A. It's unclear where he'll play in the majors. 


Report: Nick Franklin promotion likely


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Mariners utility player Nick Franklin could be promoted soon, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Franklin is dealing with a sore back, but could come up if it checks out. The move could reportedly come as early as Tuesday. It's unclear where Franklin would play if promoted. He has experience in the middle infield, but has been used as an outfielder in the minors this year. Franklin is hitting .376 in 109 Triple-A at-bats.


Nick Franklin to add versatility in minors


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Recently demoted Mariners infielder Nick Franklin will be getting a crash course all over the field at Triple-A Tacoma, as the team tries to make him a more versatile player. According t MLB.com, Franklin will be playing in the outfield as well as third base at Triple-A, two positions he has only played sporadically in his career. 

Mariners demote Nick Franklin, promote Cole Gillespie


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) What was expected is now offial: Mariners second baseman Nick Franklin has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. The team has also promoted outfielder Cole Gillespie from the same team.

Nick Franklin likely heading back to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Mariners infielder Nick Franklin will likely be optioned to Triple-A Tacoma before Friday's game against the Rangers.

Franklin tweeted "Las Vegas here I come!" after Wednesday's win over the Astros, indicating that he's been informed that he'll join Tacoma in Las Vegas. He went 1 for 3 Wednesday and is 2 for 16 with two walks in 16 at-bats with the big-league club.


Nick Franklin gets the start at short Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Mariners infielder Nick Franklin started at shortstop Sunday against the Marlins.

Brad Miller is not in the lineup, so Franklin will get a shot at short. He's slated to hit seventh against Kevin Slowey.


Seattle promotes Nick Franklin, place Logan Morrison on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) The worst-kept secret in baseball was finally revealed Wednesday when the Mariners officially announced the promotion of Nick Franklin. He will take the spot opened with the placement of Logan Morrison on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury.

Morrison has struggled to start the season. That could open the door for Franklin to take over a permanent starting spot. He has been torrid to open the year at Triple-A Tacoma.


Report: Nick Franklin en route to join Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Promising middle infielder Nick Franklin was en route to Arlington to join the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon, a baseball source told MLB.com.

The team had yet to confirm the promotion of Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma, but he even indicated it in a tweet.

Franklin will likely receive playing time in the outfield with shortstop Brad Miller and second baseman Robinson Cano set at his familiar spots.


Report: Nick Franklin to be recalled Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) The Mariners will recall infielder Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, multiple sources told The Seattle Times.

Franklin is likely to replace outfielder Logan Morrison, who could land on the 15-day disabled list because of a hamstring injury. Franklin is off to a torrid start in the minors, batting .395 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 11 games.


Brad Miller set to start at short for Seattle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) 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
(3/21/2014) 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
(3/20/2014) 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
(3/19/2014) 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
(3/13/2014) 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.


Report: Mets continue to monitor shortstop market


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's shaky play this spring has renewed concerns for management he will not be able to handle the starting shortstop job. Therefore, the Mets are continuing to monitor the shortstop market, according to the New York Daily News.

A team source said Tuesday the Mets continue to scout Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, as they decide whether or not Franklin can play shortstop well enough to justify his offensive potential and giving up a starting pitcher prospect for him.

Also, a source for another team told the Daily News the Mets are also monitoring the Diamondbacks' shortstop competition, and "could jump in" to make a trade for Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before spring training ends. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said recently he would consider trading one of his young shortstops, ideally for a top catching prospect, which would likely be Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki.

There is also free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but there is no indication from Drew's agent, Scott Boras, that his client would be willing to sign a bargain-type contract.


Report: Mariners scout David Phelps Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) The Mariners had a scout at the start of Yankees pitcher David Phelps Tuesday and could be a match in a trade for the pitcher, the New York Post reports.

Yankees scouts are reportedly "searching spring training camps for help at second and third base," and the Mariners are willing to deal infielder Nick Franklin after signing former Yankee Robinson Cano this offseason. However, the report states it would likely take more than Phelps alone for the Yankees to land Franklin, provided they're even interested.

Phelps is currently battling for the No. 5 spot in the Yankees rotation. He allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings in Tuesday's start.


Mariners will option loser of shortstop competition


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/3/2014) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told The News Tribune on Monday that the loser of the Nick Franklin/Brad Miller battle at shortstop will be optioned to Tacoma, where he will get regular at-bats. 

"With young players," Zduriencik said, "it's very important that they play regularly."

Franklin and Miller would have played alongside one another this season, but the team signed Robinson Cano to play second base. There have been trade rumors floating around Franklin all winter, and a deal is still just as solid a possibility as a demotion (if he loses the competition). 

Franklin, 23, hit .225 with 12 home runs and six steals in 102 games last year for the Mariners. Miller, 24, hit .265 with eight home runs and five steals in 76 games. 


Nick Franklin hits first spring home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin went 2 for 3 with his first spring home run in his team's 12-1 win over the Padres Friday.

Franklin's name has simmered in trade rumors in recent days as the team looks to alleviate a logjam at shortstop that also includes Brad Miller. Both the Mets and the Rays reportedly have interest in acquiring Franklin, who hit .225/.303/.382 with 12 home runs, 45 RBI and six stolen bases in 369 at-bats with the Mariners last season.


Report: Rays also interested in trading for Nick Franklin


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) The Mets aren't the only team interested in trading for Mariners infielder Nick Franklin. The Rays are also looking at possible trades involving Franklin, sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Mariners talking to Mets about trade involving Nick Franklin?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) A Mets insider confirmed an ESPN report that New York could be a team the Mariners might engage in trade talks regarding infielder Nick Franklin.

The source said the two sides talked at the winter meetings about a deal involving Franklin. The talks are expected to resume in the next month with Seattle having an excess infielder and the Mets having the type of pitching talent the Mariners would want in a trade.


Report: Nick Franklin could be traded or demoted


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Mariners middle infielder Nick Franklin could be on the trading block, the Seattle Times has speculated. He lost his starting second base job upon the offseason signing of free agent Robinson Cano.

Franklin, who expressed excitement over the signing because he could learn from Cano, added that he will not play that position. He will compete with Brad Miller for the starting job at shortstop. He could also be sent to Triple-A Tacoma or traded.

His lack of productivity helped pave the way for Cano. Franklin batted just .225 last year in 369 at-bats, though he did slug 12 home runs and 20 doubles with 45 RBI.


Mariners have open competition for starting shortstop job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon reiterated Wednesday the competition for the starting shortstop job is wide open between Brad Miller and Nick Franklin. McClendon made sure to convey that message to Franklin, who primarily played second base last season.

"I said, 'Look we have a Hall of Fame second baseman, that’s just the way it is," McClendon said, per The Seattle Times. "This is a new chapter in your career. One door is closing and another one is opening so it’s an opportunity for you and I’m going into this with my wide eyes open and you have the opportunity to compete for the shortstop position. I don’t have any preconceived notions."

McClendon said whoever stars defensively will likely walk away with the starting job.

"You gotta be able to catch the ball," he said."I’m looking for a guy that’s going to make all the routine plays."