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Report: Nick Franklin May Be Traded Before Opening Day; Los Angeles Dodgers Unlikely Trade Partner

February 20th, 2014 at 7:09 PM
By Jimmy Reynolds

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Ever since the Seattle Mariners signed Robinson Cano to his massive contract, speculation has run rampant about what the team would do with either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller. A report by Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com indicates that the Mariners are indeed looking to unload one of the two before Opening Day, with Franklin being the likelier option.

So what does this have to do with the Los Angeles Dodgers? To be clear, the Dodgers have not indicated any interest in acquiring yet another second base option should Alexander Guerrero not be ready for Opening Day. The Mariners, however, are looking to add a power bat in the form of an outfielder, something the Dodgers just so happen to have an excess of. They are also looking to address some rotation needs, though the options the Dodgers possess may not be palatable for the Mariners.

Would the Dodgers attempt to trade for Franklin by dealing one of their four starting-caliber outfielders? It seems fairly unlikely, even if the club thinks that Guerrero needs more time at Triple-A. It would be a mistake on the part of the Dodgers if they were to deal one of their outfielders before seeing if they are all healthy. They would be much better off by simply maintaining their outfield depth until they are able to see long-term health and consistent production from their starters.

Franklin posted an unimpressive slash line of .225/.303/.382 during his rookie season, but he still remains a prospect of high regard. Yes, there is potential for future development with Franklin, but the same can be said of Guerrero.

While second base may be the biggest question mark heading into the 2014 season, it is not a large enough concern to force a trade at this juncture. Doing so would only create another potential concern, this time in the outfield.

Tags: Alexander Guerrero, Baseball, Brad Miller, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Nick Franklin, Robinson Cano

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