Thomson ReutersApril 21, 2014 08:59
SS Nick Franklin started Sunday against the Marlins. Several teams, including the New York Mets, have tried to trade for Franklin, a 23-year-old switch-hitter who is considered to have a bright future. He hit 12 homers and had 45 RBIs last season after taking over at 2B in May. But he lost his job when the Mariners signed 2B Robinson Cano to a $240-million contract. Franklin started this season at Triple A, where he tore it up, hitting .395 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 11 games. The Mariners promoted him to the majors on April 16, and he tripled on the first pitch he saw.