The Orioles are a third team with interest in Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, joining the Rays and Mets, sources say.

Franklin could be a second-base candidate for the Orioles as well as the Rays. The Mets need a shortstop, and have been scouting Franklin for that position. Franklin came up for Seattle last summer and hit 12 home runs, showing good pop.

The likelihood of a trade somewhere seems strong at this point. Discussions are ongoing. Franklin was No. 4 on the list of likely spring trade candidates here a couple days ago.

The Orioles are using prospect Jonathan Schoop as well as Ryan Flaherty and Alexi Casilla at second base. Schoop, a highly-regarded young player, is batting .500 this spring.