Earlier this winter, the Rays and Mariners discussed the possibility of a David Price deal, and although this never came to fruition, it did leave the clubs intimately familiar with each others’ minor league systems.
The two teams are reportedly having trade talks again, this time involving a Mariner, 2B/SS Nick Franklin. Although the Mets have been linked to the Mariners and Nick Franklin as of late, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is now hearing from a source that the Rays are also in the Franklin hunt and “actually match up better” with Seattle’s current needs and wants.
**UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that the teams came close to a potential deal before Jeremy Hellickson got injured:
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 25, 2014 
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