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Keith Law Thinks Nick Franklin Can Handle Shortstop

By Danny Abriano
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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.

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

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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