MLB Free Agents 2012: Prince Fielder and Big Bats in Need of a Team

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2012

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 16:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers bats against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 16, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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As baseball fans welcome in the new year, several MLB teams will be welcoming in new players.

Superstar first baseman Prince Fielder is the most-coveted free agent still on the market this winter, and will likely draw a mega contract that should rival that of Albert Pujols'.

Here are the top bats left on the free-agent market that are in need of a landing spot.

1. Prince Fielder

Fielder and Albert Pujols were the two gems this free-agent season and Pujols signed a mammoth deal with the Angels, so that leaves Fielder.

The 27-year-old slugger went yard 38 times last season and knocked in 120 runs. His .299 batting average was among the best in the NL as well. 

His time with the Milwaukee Brewers will likely soon be over, considering the need for his talents in so many dugouts and his youth which could make him the face of a franchise for years to come.

2. Carlos Pena

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Carlos Pena #22 of the Chicago Cubs steals second base during the fifth inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 26, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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The 33-year-old Pena was not far behind Fielder in home runs with the Chicago Cubs this past season. Pena went deep 28 times last season and racked up 80 RBIs. 

His age isn't too much of a concern considering it comes with experience. The one concern with Pena would be how often he gets on base. He only batted .225 last season in Chi-town. 

3. Jonny Gomes

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Left fielder Jonny Gomes #30 of the Washington Nationals bats during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 21, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nationals won 7-5. (Photo by Hunter M
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Gomes has plenty of MLB experience at the plate. At age 32 he has nine seasons under his belt, and a highlight reel of homers.

Unlike the other aforementioned players though, Gomes is an outfielder, which means he'll bring less of an impact defensively for whatever squad takes a shot on him. 


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