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Heyman: Rays Interested In Nick Franklin


UPDATE, 6:02 PM:

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York just tweeted the following -

If the Rays were reluctant to part with a pitcher once Jeremy Hellickson injured himself, why would they be willing to part with one now? Especially to fill a position that isn’t a position of need?

Again, no one should be stunned if the Rays go after Franklin, but the timing of the below report seems a bit odd.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Rays – in addition to the Mets – have interest in dealing for Nick Franklin of Seattle.

Heyman cites sources who say that the Rays “may actually match up better” with Seattle, but doesn’t offer a reason as to why.

Franklin, 22, is reportedly on the trading block due to Seattle’s glut of middle infielders.

Thoughts:

Tampa Bay has shortstop Yunel Escobar under contract for this year, and they hold a relatively inexpensive team on him option for 2015, meaning they’d likely use Franklin at second base if acquired.

It’s interesting that Heyman cites sources who feel the Rays may match up better with Seattle in a potential deal.

The Mariners are interested in young starting pitching and the Mets have one of the best young crops of pitching in all of baseball. The Rays, on the other hand, will likely deal ace David Price this year before he hits free agency. They may be willing to deal some of their young pitching, but they’re not necessarily overstocked in that department.

The Rays have a nose for talent, and it shouldn’t be surprising if they have legitimate interest in Franklin. However, there’s always a chance Scott Boras is leaking misinformation in an effort to get the Mets to up their offer for his client Stephen Drew.

 

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  • since68

    Heyman is just a Boras media outlet.
    Any Met fan who pays any attention to Heyman needs councilling.

  • Ken Meoni

    Just heard Turner said he was stunned by the DFA. He was told it was for lack of hustle? I think we are seeing a pattern here. First, all I saw was hustle from Turner. Second, Mets management seems to say this a bit much. Maybe the Mets management needs to drop the military mentality………..yes I’m talking S.A. It’s going to get to the point where players won’t want to come here, with the GM shooting his mouth off all the time. This could also turn into a moral problem.

  • Ken Meoni

    As for Franklin, I don’t see much there. I wouldn’t give up our pitching prospects for him.

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