Is Nick Franklin helping his trade value?

They say Spring Training stats don't matter, and while that may very well be true, they might matter when it comes to Nick Franklin and his future.

Franklin, one of Seattle's top hitting prospects over the last several years, lost his second base job to Robinson Cano over the winter, and with Brad Miller being the superior defender at shortstop, recent speculation has the Mariner entertaining offers for Franklin. The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Mets are among the rumored suitors.

But after Franklin belted a pair of home runs in recent days (one in an intrasquad game), the question is rapidly becoming whether it's getting easier -- or harder -- for the M's to part with their first round pick in the 2009 draft.