The Mets, unsure whether Seattle’s Nick Franklin can stick at shortstop long term, plan to scout the 22 year old during spring training.
John Harper of the Daily News says that the club likes Franklin’s power potential, but will scout him to determine whether or not he has the defensive chops to remain at short.
If the Mets feel Franklin can adequately handle shortstop – something some scouts feel he can do, and some scouts feel he can’t do – they may seriously explore what it would take to acquire him from the Mariners.
Terry Collins on Ruben Tejada: “We don’t have a lot of options, so he’s our main guy right now.”
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If Drew’s contract demands remain outlandish and the Mets feel that Franklin will be able to handle shortstop, a trade between the Mets and Mariners may materialize. Seattle is looking for young pitching, so the status of Jonathon Niese is something to keep an eye on.
It’s always simpler to make a signing that just costs money than to swing a trade, but the Mets – and every other team’s – perception of what Drew is worth is pretty out of whack with what his current demands are.