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2012 MLB Free Agency: 10 Available Bats Who Could Notch Big Postseason Hits
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Lance Berkman appeared to be drawing near the end of the line when he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals prior to 2011. He was far from finished, but it looked like his days as a franchise face were over.

Instead, Berkman batted .301/.412/.547, struck out barely more than he walked (15.8 percent of all plate appearances to 15.7 percent) and, when the lights shone brightest, came through with one of the biggest non-game-winning hits in World Series history.

In Game 6 last October, his team trailing by one and down to its final strike, Berkman laced an RBI single that prolonged the game and led to the Cardinals' heart-stopping victory. 

Berkman re-upped with the Cardinals well prior to hitting the free-agent market, but many of this year's crop still hope for the right chance to come aboard a hopeful team and tip the scales in a spot just like that one.

Here are 10 players left on the market who are capable of that kind of impact in October.

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