Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:07:46 -0800
A New York Mets team official said 2B Wilmer Flores will see a legitimate look at shortstop in spring training as a competitor to SS Ruben Tejada. Some in the industry don't think Flores has the first-step quickness to succeed at short, but the Mets will give him a chance to show what he's got in spring games. New York also continues to consider trading for Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin, but they won't give up elite pitching prospects such as SPs Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero.
"At this moment Ruben Tejada is the shortstop here," manager Terry Collins said. "We've got to be patient with him. Certainly we're going to get him a number of at-bats this spring. He's been told that. And we'll see how he plays. We don't have a lot of options. He's our main guy right now." Collins wants to see more line drives from Tejada and wants to see some range at shortstop.
Fantasy Tip: The fact that New York is considering Flores at the 6 shows their lack in faith offensively in Tejada. They may prefer a below-average defender in favor of some offense.
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:33:13 -0800
The Tampa Bay Rays are looking at trading for Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin, according to sources.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:44:46 -0800
The New York Mets aren't overly impressed with the shape that SS Ruben Tejada arrived in despite attending a strength/conditioning and nutrition camp in the offseason. As a result, the Mets remain interested in signing free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), according to two sources. They are also showing interest in trading for Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin. The Mets have reportedly offered one year and $9.5 million to Drew. Tejada appears a little slimmer than last year, but he isn't moving any better on the field.
Fantasy Tip: The only reason Tejada is draftable in NL-only leagues right now is because there is no competition for his job. If the Mets were to add Drew or Franklin, rest assured that Tejada would be on the outside looking in.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:06:59 -0800
The New York Mets are discussing a trade for Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin, according to a source.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:00:53 -0800
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik hinted that the loser in the shortstop competition between SSs Nick Franklin and Brad Miller will likely head to Triple-A Tacoma to start the year. "I just think with young players, it would be unfair not to let them have their at-bats, and to play in the field, every single day to have a chance to get better. We'll let these guys battle at shortstop and see what happens," Zduriencik said.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:13:41 -0800
The Seattle Mariners are likely to trade either SS Nick Franklin or SS Brad Miller before opening day, and the New York Mets could be a realistic trade partner, according to industry sources.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:26:51 -0800
The Seattle Mariners signed 3B Kyle Seager, SS Nick Franklin, C Mike Zunino, OFs Julio Morban and Stefen Romero and Ps James Paxton, Anthony Fernandez and Logan Bawcom to undisclosed one-year deals Thursday, Feb. 20.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:57:41 -0800
Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin and SS Brad Miller are each battling for the starting shortstop job, and manager Lloyd McClendon said the job is wide open.
Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:54:33 -0800
The New York Yankees expressed interest in Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin during the winter meetings, but both sides may not be able to match up for a potential trade.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:26:58 -0800
The Seattle Mariners are receiving strong interest from several teams that are interested in acquiring SS Nick Franklin.