- Joe Kaiser, Fantasy, Insider
Nick Franklin is one of Seattle's top young bats, yet he has no place to play on the big league club based on the way the Mariners' roster is currently constructed. Robinson Cano means second base is no longer an option, and Brad Miller's defensive edge means shortstop is unlikely a fit, either.
What options are left for Franklin? He'll be used at shortstop as he starts the year in Triple-A, but beating out Miller, himself a powerful infield bat, is probably not going to happen any time soon. That means Franklin will either have to learn to play in the outfield, as he tried for a time late in the spring with long-time major league outielder and current M's first base coach, Andy Van Slyke, or entertain a move to a position nobody has talked about thus far -- third base.