Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and a Comparison of 2012 and 2013 MLB Free Agents

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Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and a Comparison of 2012 and 2013 MLB Free Agents
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In 2012, Major League Baseball witnessed one of the most anticipated offseasons of the free-agent era. Arguably the greatest hitter of his generation was a free agent, along with several undisputed stars of the game.

In 2013, Josh Hamilton may have the stage largely to himself.

The biggest names eligible to hit the market have club options that seem destined to be exercised. That would take Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and David Wright off the table.

With Cole Hamels and Matt Cain completing contract extensions during the season, Zack Greinke is alone at the top of the pitching field, and while the combination of Hamilton and Greinke may surpass Pujols and C.J. Wilson from 2012, the overall classes compare very closely.

This is a position-by-position breakdown of that comparison, considering the top free agent at each spot, top three outfielders and top three pitchers.

(The class of 2012 includes free agents signed between the end of the 2011 season and the start of the 2012 season, even if they officially signed in 2011.)

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