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Seattle Mariners have been aggressively scouting New York Mets

Few teams appear – on paper, at least – to match up perfectly for a potential trade this time of year but that’s just the situation facing the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets. Seattle seems to have extra options capable of handling shortstop. New York is still in need of an upgrade at the position.

Nick Franklin, presumably, would be the most logical player discussed. New York reportedly expressed an interest in him at the Winter Meetings, but there are no indications that the two sides have held any serious discussions since. Seattle appears more likely to move him now than they would have then, but their asking price remains unclear. Most pundits expect the team to pursue young pitching in return.

Seattle’s been actively scouting the Mets’ games recently. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin notes that the Mariners have been “double teaming” the games, which their scouts have been “attending religiously”.

New York’s 40-man roster is littered with young arms, though many of them are likely off limits in discussions. That hasn’t stopped the speculatory winds from swirling. Jenrry Mejia. Jeurys Familia. Rafael Montero. Each of their names continue to crop up. There’ve even been suggestions that the Mariners could look for a package built around a defensive-minded center fielder such as Matt Den Dekker and a lower level pitcher.

Franklin made his debut with the Mariners this past season, appearing in 102 games after beginning the season at Triple-A. He’d struggle at the plate, batting just .225/.303/.382 in 412 PA, but was respectable in the field. Playing mostly second base for the Mariners, however, there are still questions about his ability to handle shortstop long term. Seattle made a significant investment to bring in Robinson Cano this winter and they appear significantly more interested in giving Brad Miller time at short, leaving Franklin expendable.

New York has spent most of their offseason proclaiming a confidence in Ruben Tejada – electing to look past obvious upgrades such as Stephen Drew and others that were available at various points. Tejada’s struggled this spring, especially defensively, and the closer the team gets to Opening Day the more questions linger about Tejada’s place on the team long term. Wilmer Flores likely represents the team’s next best internal option, but this is the same player moved off the position years ago due to concerns about his range, leaving even more of an indication that the team may need to go outside the organization.

Tags: New York Mets Nick Franklin Seattle Mariners

  • Ian Hart

    When I first read the headline I was sure it had to do with Duda or Davis. Thought SEA was looking for another DH type bat. Made better sense to me

    • Aaron Somers

      That’d be something, huh? Seattle goes and gets ANOTHER 1B/DH/COF. It isn’t likely though (at least not in this case).

      • Ian Hart

        Yeah, that is what initially came to my head. Didn’t realize Hart would play 1B/DH only.

  • rwdavis22461

    as long as they are reasonable i think we have guys we can afford to trade. Not saying we have to rip them off or visa versa but there is room to be reasonable and get Nick Franklin.

    • Aaron Somers

      The Mets have the pieces, yes. I think it’s just a question of how much they want to pay for Franklin. Some of the names mentioned (particularly Montero) are too much in my opinion for a player with a lot of remaining question marks.

      • Griffey4Pres

        Saying Montero is too much because Franklin has too many question marks makes no sense. Montero hasn’t seen any big league time. Franklin hit over .290 his first month in the majors, we know what he’s capable of. No one knows what Montero is capable of.

        • Aaron Somers

          OK. I think Montero would be too much based on his upside, which most scouts believe is higher than that of Franklin. Is that a better way to word it?

          Franklin was hitting .296 through June (debuted in late May) but then hit .234 in July, .107 in August, and .241 in September/October. That first month appears, at least until we see otherwise, to have been an aberration.

  • rwdavis22461

    Some fans go into trades with the mindset of ripping off the other or scared to make a trade because they think something is better somewhere else . If we get a fair request i think we can make a good trade for both sides,