Updated 07:55 PM EDT, Sat, Sep 26, 2020

MLB Trade Rumors 2014: Detroit Tigers Serious About Trading Nick Franklin

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The Detroit Tigers are still looking to add more firepower to their lineup, and this time, the team's front office is setting their sights on Seattle Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, a reliable league source disclosed on Sunday.

After Jose Iglesias bolted out of Detroit, the Tigers are likely to evaluate some of their in-house candidates, such as Eugenio Suarez, Hernan Perez and Danny Worth, to fill the void vacated by their last season's staring shortstop.

However, the Tigers could also explore other options to upgrade their lineup. General manager Dave Dombrowski, who already made the Prince Fielder to Ian Kinsler swap this offseason, might be considering another big move.

According to Outside Pitch Sports, the Tigers could pull off a trade that would help them acquire the 23-year-old Franklin from the Mariners. The former first round draft pick batted .255 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in his first season in Seattle.

With the arrival of Robinson Cano, Franklin has become a subject of trade speculations for the past few months. Multiple teams have already expressed interest in acquiring the young slugger, but the Tigers appear to be a perfect fit.

"Franklin, who was recently dislodged from second base in Seattle with the signing of Robinson Cano, has reportedly drawn interest from the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles in recent weeks. But, given recent developments in Detroit, it appears Franklin could soon draw significant attention from the Tigers, too," Michigan Live reported on Monday.

The Tigers GM already confirmed that he indeed had a conversation with two ballclubs last Sunday regarding a potential move before the start of the season.

"Of course we will keep a pulse on what's going on outside the organization," Dombrowski told Michigan Live. "But at this point, if we had to open internally, we're content there and we'll just analyze the situation as it rolls on."

Though the Tigers top front office personnel did not specify what trade they are currently working out, several baseball analysts speculated the team might be starting to lay down the blueprints for how to acquire Franklin from Seattle.

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