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2013 MLB Free Agents: Stud Players Who Will Relocate This Offseason

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 5: Michael Bourn #24 of the Atlanta Braves hits against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card Game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2012

Baseball's offseason is always filled with intrigue from the winter meetings and everything in between.

This year won't be any different, despite a slightly watered-down market. Big-name players will still be available, even though some will decide to re-sign with their current squads.

However, some won't. Certain players have either worn out their welcome, are too expensive or simply fit better elsewhere.

Let's take a look at three stud players who will play for a new team next year.

 

Josh Hamilton

Hamilton will take the shower of boos he faced as the Rangers lost to the Baltimore Orioles in last Friday's Wild Card Game and walk right out of Texas.

Hamilton is going to have money thrown at him from all directions. I don't think most teams will offer him $20-25 million for five-to-six years like some may be thinking, but one lucky team will pull him in for less than that.

The Boston Red Sox are the first team that comes to mind for me, but others will be in the mix as well. San Diego and Houston are both introducing new ownership, looking to make a splash. Others, like the Detroit Tigers, are looking for that final piece of the puzzle.

Texas and Hamilton had a great run together, but it has run its course. Expect him to find a new city to play ball this offseason.

 

Michael Bourn

Bourn fits exactly what the Phillies need, and the Braves probably won't pay him the $50-60 million he's probably owed this offseason.

He's the perfect table-setter at the top of the lineup, and he's an above-average fielder because of his speed. The Phillies need some excitement in their lineup, especially after sending Shane Victorino to the Dodgers during the season.

Bourn would fill a void in Philadelphia, but it won't be the only team pursuing the center fielder. He's a hot commodity as a potential .285 hitter with 40-plus stolen bases.

Pure lead-off hitters aren't easy to come by, and Bourn might be the best in the business.

 

Nick Swisher

My first thought with Swisher would be the San Francisco Giants. Their anemic offense desperately needs a power hitter, and he fits the bill.

The Yankees will likely spend their money elsewhere this offseason, as Swisher could still command at least $60 million with the right squad.

Swisher pounded 24 home runs and 93 RBI this season. Yankee Stadium makes that much easier, but power-hitting switch-hitters are still tough to come by.

He's not getting any younger, but at 31 years old Swisher can still play. He's going to cost more than one team would like to spend, based on the Yankees' past price alone.

Maybe the Giants won't pursue, but I would be surprised if they weren't a leader for this veteran's services.

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