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Nick Franklin's future with Seattle

Although he's having a strong spring, Nick Franklin has an uphill climb to crack the Mariners' Opening Day roster. And the chances of that in future seasons don't look much easier. But in an organization that has struggled to produce big league quality hitters, can the Mariners simply trade away Franklin, or should they look for ways to try and keep him in the fold?

Less than eight months ago, Nick Franklin looked like a virtual lock to be the second baseman for the Seattle Mariners for a long time. In his age 22 season, the switch-hitter had continued with the improvement he showed early in the 2013 season in Triple-A Tacoma and was handling big league pitching. Working walks, hitting for power, and showing that he belonged in the major leagues as an...

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