Marlins Way: Could Nick Franklin be a Fit for the Team?

Sep 13, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Nick Franklin (20) looks on after dropping a fly ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals pinch hitter Brock Peterson (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Seattle 2-1 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Despite having their roster for the 2014 season almost locked in, the Miami Marlins, as recently as two weeks ago, were still inquiring about Red Sox third baseman, Will Middlebrooks. This was according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.

Teams ask about Middlebrooks, but the Red Sox haven’t pulled the trigger, feeling Middlebooks has power and they’d hate to lose that. The Marlins have asked a lot about Middlebrooks, but there’s no clear match unless it’s part of a Giancarlo Stanton deal, which isn’t happening.

If the Marlins are still interested in adding a talented, cost controlled young player, there could be another young infielder that should catch the Marlins attention available. That young infielder would be the Mariners Nick FranklinESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin hears that the Mariners could look to move either Franklin or Brad Miller. Franklin is the more likely player to be traded

Franklin came up through the Mariners system as a short stop, but could potentially see his future as a second or third baseman. Franklin, who turns 23 on March 2nd, posted just a .304 wOBA in his rookie season, but has the minor league track record to suggest better numbers are on their way.

Adding Franklin could give the Marlins their sought after long-term solution for second base, as Derek Dietrich still has questions about his future and top infield prospect Avery Romero is still a few years away from being ready.

I would not expect the Marlins to have much interest in Franklin if or when he becomes available, but he’s someone who would make a ton of sense for the team.

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