Feb 20, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners infielder Nick Franklin (6) poses for a picture during photo day at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Keith Law Thinks Nick Franklin Can Handle Shortstop

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The Mets are interested in Seattle’s Nick Franklin, but whether or not they explore a trade for him will likely come down to if they think he can handle shortstop long-term.

The Mets plan to scout Franklin during spring training, but one prominent scouting mind thinks Franklin will be just fine at shortstop.

During his chat Thursday with fans, Keith Law of ESPN (who has worked as a scout and in the front office for the Blue Jays) offered the following when asked if he thought Franklin could stick at short:

I actually do. Maybe somewhere between 0 to -5 runs a year on defense, but with his bat, that will work – and I won’t rule out the possibility that he can be more than that. He has unusually good instincts out there.

Law is a notoriously hard grader, so his thoughts on Franklin should not be taken lightly.

When asked later in the chat whether he felt Rafael Montero for Nick Franklin was a fair trade, Law said yes while noting that the Mariners would win that hypothetical trade by a “slight” margin.

Aside from Franklin, the Mets have long been linked to free agent shortstop Stephen Drew. Another possibility is exploring a trade for one of Arizona’s shortstops – likely Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings.

At present, Ruben Tejada is New York’s shortstop by default.

 

 

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