It's been known for a while that the Mariners may be looking to trade one of their two rostered shortstops, Nick Franklin and Brad Miller. As noted in this space, the M's are reportedly leaning toward parting with Franklin, and now Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets may be a fit. Rubin writes:
The source said there had been dialogue with Mariners officials as far back as the winter meetings. The talk is soon expected to pick up in the next month with Seattle having an excess infielder and the Mets having the type of young pitching Seattle desires to obtain in a swap.
Franklin, who's still just 22 years of age, batted .225/.303/.382 (96 OPS+) in 412 plate appearances for the Mariners last season. He entered 2013 ranked as the 79th-best overall prospect by Baseball America and 47th-best overall prospect by MLB.com. Last season, Franklin spent almost all of his defensive innings at second base, but he was a primary shortstop coming up through the minors and has the glove to stick there.
The offseason addition of Robinson Cano means the M's now have a bottleneck in the middle infield, hence their reported desire to trade Franklin.