Showing posts with label Nick Franklin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nick Franklin. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mets Rumors: No Drew, But Mets Look at other Trade Options at Shortstop

Mets Rumors:

The Mets who watched Stephen Drew land in Boston again, did not want to shell out the money for his services nor give up another draft pick in the upcoming amateur draft.

The Mets can stay with the plan of keeping Ruben Tejada/Wilmer Flores at shortstop this season and look to sign a shortstop in off-season. The 2015 free agent class features prominent names such as Hanley Ramirez, J.J. Hardy, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jed Lowrie, but Martino points out that the team would rather go in the trade direction for a young controllable shortstop instead.

The Mets have been linked in the off-season with the Mariners about Brad Miller and Nick Franklin, but sources say talks have not been active of late.

The other option includes Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius, who has been playing in Triple-A. Gregorius is batting .303 with a .390 OBP for Reno... The Mets are continually monitoring him, but the front office shakeup in Arizona makes trading with them a bit confusing at this time. Martino writes that other teams at this point aren't even sure whether to contact GM Kevin Towers or new Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa regarding trades, who Mets GM Sandy Alderson has a good relationship with both.

The Mets will have to depart with one of their young pitching prospects on the rise. Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom could become valuable trade chips down the road. The Diamondbacks who asked the Mets for Pitching Prospect Noah Syndergaard and Catching Prospect Kevin Plawecki for Gregorius, but the Mets rebuffed at the demand.

The Mets rotation in 2015 will be crowded, They will have mended Matt Harvey back and also have Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, and also Noah Syndergaard, who is scheduled to make his 2014 debut late this summer. So they have young arms to trade to obtain a quality shortstop, just a matter of which one makes sense for the organization..

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mets Fan Poll Results: Mets Fans Want Sandy Alderson to Trade for SS Nick Franklin

Mets Fan Poll Results:

In a Our Last Fan Poll, we asked...
If you were Sandy Alderson - What's your next move?
Close to 200 votes Came in from all over the US.

24% want to trade for SS Nick Franklin
20% want to sign SS Stephen Drew
18% want to stay the same with Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada
15% would be satisfied with a Trade of Ike Davis
13% want to trade for SS Didi Gregorius
10% would Trade Lucas Duda

If you have not voted Click here!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets have to figure if either Franklin, Gregorius, or Drew is worth the price at shortstop

Mets Rumors:

The Mets are looking into several alternatives at shortstop instead of Ruben Tejada. Tejada has looked mediocre at best, only having 3 hits in 25 AB's this spring with lackluster defense.. Yeah, he went to a special clinic in the winter, but it has not translated on the field as the Mets had hoped.

The problem is, at what price do the Mets get another shortstop?

Do the Mets forfeit another draft pick and cave in to the demands of Scott Boras to sign Stephen Drew?
The Mets have been willing only to go 1 year at this point, but Drew and Boras want more. The Mets are only offering $9.5 Million, but Boras has indicated that they could look towards the $14 Million mark.

For this to work, the Mets would have to give Drew a multiyear deal. The problem is the Mets most likely will go shopping for a shortstop via free agency in 2015. The big names will be J.J. Hardy, Hanley Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Second Scenario: The Mets can go out and try to trade for a shortstop. The Mariners and D'Backs have shortstops available, but the Mets have to find out if the price is right.

The Mariners have infielder Nick Franklin available, who has been on the Mets radar for some time. The Mets have sent scouts to see if Franklin can handle the position at short. The Rays and Orioles have reported some interest, but see him as a logical fit at second base. Franklin hit 12 HR's a year ago and definitely give the Mets some much added pop to the lineup. Franklin is batting .235 this spring.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mets Rumors: D'Backs and Mariners sent scouts to watch Mets prospects

Mets Rumors:

According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, there was a army of Arizona Diamondbacks scouts, as well as one from the Seattle Mariners, that were on hand watching Mets prospects.

Arizona dispatched special assistant Todd Greene and two other scouts. They saw Syndergaard facing right-hander Logan Verrett on a back field, as well as Kevin Plawecki behind the plate. Former Mets GM Joe McIlvaine was on hand representing the Mariners.

The D'backs and Mariners remain possible trade partners for a shortstop. The Mets have been scouting Mariners infielder Nick Franklin. The D'Backs have Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius, most likely Gregorius would be the likely trade candidate with Owings getting to starting nod.

Monday, March 17, 2014

MLB Rumors: Detroit Tigers could deal for SS Nick Franklin, Darwin Barney, or Jimmy Rollins..? No Drew

MLB Rumors:

The Detroit Tigers suddenly have a hole in their infield in the wake of the Jose Iglesias injury, and need a shortstop. Many people around baseball speculated the defending AL Central champion Tigers would pursue free agent Stephen Drew. However, it appears general manager Dave Dombrowski has put the axe on any possible Drew signing.

According to Lynn Henning of The Detroit News, the Tigers have no interest in signing Drew.
Dombrowski suggested the Tigers could look at an internal candidate to replace Iglesias, prospects Danny Worth and Hernan Perez are two possibilities.

Henning then speculated that the Tigers could look on the trade block to fill the need at shortstop. Nick Franklin, of the Mariners, and Darwin Barney, of the Cubs are two players Henning mentioned as possible acquisitions.

Another player, a bit off the radar that Henning mentioned: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. However, Henning prefaced the statement by making it clear the Tigers and Rollins won’t be a match unless the Phillies eat a significant portion of Rollins’ contract (he has the potential to earn $33 million through 2016.)

The New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees also have reported some interest...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mets Rumors: Orioles have joined Mets interest in middle infielder Nick Franklin

Mets Rumors:

The Orioles have joined the Rays and Mets as teams discussing a deal with the Mariners for middle infielder Nick Franklin, reports Jon Heyman of Baltimore would be interested in using Franklin at second base, where the team remains somewhat unsettled entering the season.

The Mariners have determined that they will go with Brad Miller, who is having a great spring, at shortstop. The likelihood of a trade somewhere seems strong at this point. Discussions are ongoing, according to Heyman.

The Mets are in need a shortstop, and have been scouting Franklin for that position. Second base might be Franklin's best position, but Mets scouts are gauging whether he can play shortstop.

The Mariners want young pitching in return. Obviously, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero would have to be off the table, Maybe Jacob deGrom might fit the bill for Seattle. Nothing has been written in stone as of yet.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets continue to monitor the shortstop trade market


Mets Rumors:

According to a report by John Harper of the Daily News, The Mets continue to monitor the market of shortstops for a possible trade.

In Harper's report he indicates that a club source on Tuesday said the Mets continue to scout the Mariners’ Nick Franklin, trying to decide whether he can play shortstop well enough to justify the pop in his bat — not to mention giving up one of their young starting pitchers for him.

He also says, a source affiliated with another ballclub, who has past ties to GM Sandy Alderson, said the Mets are continuing to monitor the Diamondbacks’ shortstop competition, and “could jump in" to try to make a trade for either Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before spring training ends.

In case you're wondering , Nick Franklin is batting .300 with 3 2B's, 1 HR, and 4 RBI's this spring. Franklin is a switch hitter..

Didi Gregorius is batting .182 with 2 2B's and 3 RBI's this spring, he is a left handed batter.

Chris Owings, a right handed bat is batting .233 with 2 2B's and no RBI's this spring. Owings only stole 2 bases in 2013 for the D'Backs, but stole 20 bases in the minors in 2013. Owings upside is that .330 with 12 HR's and 81 RBI's in the minors before getting called up.

But there is still time left to decide....

Looks like Franklin's offense could help the Mets as long as he can play shortstop defensively up to par.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mets Fan Poll Results: Mets Fans Like the Idea of Nick Franklin at Shortstop

Mets Fan Poll Results:

In our latest poll, we asked who would you like to see playing shortstop for the Mets in 2014?

Our early results indicate that the Mets Fans would like the Mets to make a move and trade for Seattle's infielder Nick Franklin, who apparently could become available this spring..

The question is, who do you want to see at shortstop?

If you have not voted, vote below or on our left side bar!

Mets News: Mets to Scout Nick Franklin at Shortstop this Spring

Mets News:

The Mets will scout Nick Franklin throughout Spring Training and pay special attention to his defense, a team source tells John Harper of the Daily News (Twitter link).

The club likes Franklin's pop but isn't sure about his glove at short, the source said. Reports earlier this week connected the Mets to Franklin.

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 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.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets unhappy with SS Ruben Tejada? Drew, Franklin Possibilities?

Mets Rumors:

Despite the opportunity, Ruben Tejada hasn't exactly locked up the shortstop spot in Queens. Tejada still isn't working out for the Mets.

Even though Tejada attended an offseason strength/conditioning and nutrition camp in Michigan, Mets management has not been overwhelmed by the shortstop's "new" body. "He looks pretty much the same," one source told The Post on Monday.

Frustrated with Tejada, the Mets still have a strong interest in signing free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, two sources have told The Post.

They also have shown interest in Seattle's Nick Franklin...Who is out of a position because of the signing of Robinson Cano.

The Mets are still waiting for their price on Drew. They also can trade for Franklin who might demand a pitching prospect.. Their choice...


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets insider acknowledges potential match with Seattle for SS Franklin

Mets Rumors:

A Mets insider acknowledged truths to a report about a potential match for the Mets in Seattle infielder Nick Franklin.

The source said there had been dialogue with Mariners officials as far back as the winter meetings. The talk is 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.

The Mets likely would need to further debate whether they feel Franklin can handle full-time shortstop before pulling the trigger on any such deal. Whether the Mets would part with a prospect the caliber of, say, Rafael Montero also remains to be seen.

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.

Franklin's Career Stats:
2009 18 SEA-min 63 10 21 4 1 1 6 1 0 2 8 .333 .354
2010 19 SEA-min 516 92 146 22 7 23 65 25 10 51 124 .283 .354
2011 20 SEA-min 352 64 99 13 7 7 26 18 4 37 80 .281 .352
2012 21 SEA-min 472 64 131 32 9 11 55 12 4 48 106 .278 .347
2013 22 SEA-min 142 28 46 9 0 4 20 7 0 30 20 .324 .440
2013 22 SEA 369 38 83 20 1 12 45 6 1 42 113 .225 .303
1 Yr 369 38 83 20 1 12 45 6 1 42 113 .225 .303
162 Game Avg. 586 60 132 32 2 19 71 10 2 67 179 .225 .303
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 2/25/2014.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mariners expected to trade one of their shortstops


Mets Rumors:

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."

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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