On Friday, it finally became official: Nick Franklin was beaten out by Brad Miller as Seattle's starting shortstop. "They both played extremely well, but Brad separated himself," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon explained of the position battle.
So what now for Franklin, who was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, as Robinson Cano takes over at second base and Miller holds the upper hand in the six hole? Will the M's look to transition him to the outfield, where the organization is thin on quality bats, or keep the player Grantland's Rany Jazayerli calls "an underrated star in the making" due to his rare mix of power and plate discipline as an infielder?
Here's what we're hearing.