The Rays have joined the Mets in looking at possible trades for young Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, sources say.

Tampa Bay may actually match up better with Seattle in such an endeavor, according to the sources.

The Rays and Mariners had extensive trade talks earlier this winter involving superstar pitcher David Price so there's, at the least, some familiarity with each others' systems.

Franklin is from the Orlando area and starred at his high school there.

Franklin hit 12 home runs as a rookie playing second base and shortstop for Seattle last year, but became expendable when the Mariners made a $240 million investment in free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano.