According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, the Mariners are likely to trade one of their shortstops Nick Franklin or Brad Miller before Opening Day. Rubin says Franklin could be more expendable at this point.
Franklin, who turns 23 on March 2, hit .225 with 12 homers, 45 RBIs and six steals in 369 at-bats as a rookie last season while appearing in 96 games at second base and three games at shortstop.
He now has lost his second base job in Seattle with the signing of Superstar Robinson Cano.
Miller who is 24, had success last season as a rookie shortstop (.265, 8 HR, 36 RBIs in 306 at-bats).
"Shortstop's really my natural position," Franklin told the Seattle Times. "Being at second was a little outside of it. The big thing with me, I grew up playing shortstop my whole life. It's nothing new to me."