Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:00:45 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays SS Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to be an everyday player, according to Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune. Cabrera has experience at both second base and shortstop, and how adept Rays SS Nick Franklin proves to be playing shortstop could determine which position Cabrera fills. Rays 2B Logan Forsythe could platoon, facing left-handed pitchers, at second base with Franklin while also backing up Rays 1B James Loney and Rays 3B Evan Longoria.
Fantasy Tip: Cabrera is a low-end starter at second base or shortstop -- a better fit at middle infield -- in fantasy leagues. Franklin is a late-round flier who could prove capable of starting at the middle infield spot on fantasy teams very early in the season.
Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:33:11 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays SS Nick Franklin may start at second base this season if the team does not add another middle infielder before the start of the season.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:50:54 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Nick Franklin with 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored Saturday, Sept. 20, and he is 5-for-11 with three RBIs and two runs scored in three starts since being traded from Seattle to Tampa Bay.
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:41:43 -0700
The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled SP Alex Colome, RP C.J. Riefenhauser and SS Nick Franklin from Triple-A Durham.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:41:03 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SS Nick Franklin was optioned to Triple-A Durham Thursday, July 31.
Fantasy Tip: For now, Franklin will provide Tampa with organizational middle infield depth. He should only be owned in dynasty leagues.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:25:14 -0700
The Tampa Bay Rays acquired SP Drew Smyly and SS Nick Franklin from the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners, respectively, as part of a three-way deal involving SP David Price and OF Austin Jackson.
Fantasy Tip: Smyly remains a low-end starter in mixed league. The Rays' offense lacks the punch of Detroit's, but Tampa Bay has been rolling of late. His value takes a minor hit. Franklin is of interest in deep AL-only formats, if he gets recalled, otherwise he should be considered in keeper/dynasty formats only.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:09:36 -0700
The Seattle Mariners acquired OF Austin Jackson from the Detroit Tigers, as part of a three-way deal involving SP David Price and SP Drew Smyly. The Mariners are sending SS Nick Franklin to the Tampa Bay Rays in the deal.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson's fantasy stock takes a bit of a hit, but he has been scorching hot in July. Hopefully, the relocation won't interfere with his recent surge. Rajai Davis will take over the center field job in Detroit, which increases his fantasy value significantly. The already crowded Mariners outfield adds another body. James Jones' playing time and fantasy value will take the biggest hit.
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:13:04 -0700
Seattle Mariners INF Nick Franklin appears to be one of the Oakland Athletics' top targets in the trade market as they look to add a second baseman.
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:18:29 -0700
Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin is a name which has come up in trade discussions with the Tampa Bay Rays, and he would be a fit in Tampa as he can do some of the same things 2B-OF Ben Zobrist can do. Franklin is also from nearby Orlando, and might not mind a move closer to home.
Fantasy Tip: Franklin appeared in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham this week, having a nice season with Tacoma. A move to St. Petersburg would be huge for his fantasy value, as he would find himself in the majors with likely a regular role. It might be a good idea for AL-only fantasy owners to stash him away in case of a deal.
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:17:03 -0700
The Seattle Mariners recalled SP Erasmo Ramirez Tuesday, June 3, and optioned SS Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move.