2013 MLB Free Agents: Power Ranking Top Targets Set to Hit the Open Market

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IOctober 24, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers stands in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics  at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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This is not the deepest year for MLB free-agent talent, but there are some serious difference-makers at the head of the class. 

The following three guys will all get contracts with numbers that are hard for the average person to even comprehend and they will be a huge boost to whichever team that signs them. 

Here are the best free agents this offseason has to offer. 


No. 1: Josh Hamilton, LF

Whichever team lands Josh Hamilton is going to end up with a contract they regret, but that doesn't mean they aren't adding a great player. 

The former MVP slumped to end this past season, but he still hit .285 with a .931 OPS, 128 RBI and a career-high 43 home runs.

This is a player that can carry a lineup, and do so while adding solid defense in the outfield. Any way you look at it, Hamilton is one of the best players in the game.

Now, as far as the winner of the Hamilton sweepstakes regretting the contract, we all have to remember that Hamilton is 31.

In order to get this star to ink a deal, that contract is going to have to be long term, and Hamilton cannot keep up his pace for much longer (see the bad contracts of Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols).


No. 2: Zack Greinke, P

Zack Greinke has not regained the dominant form that earned him the Cy Young in 2009, but he is still a legitimate No. 1 starter.

He finished last season with the Los Angeles Angels after beginning the year in Milwaukee, at 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He threw over 200 innings and added 200 strikeouts against just 54 walks.

The 29-year-old is a proven and dependable workhorse with seemingly three-to-five years of upper-level pitching ahead of him. 

Greinke should not suffer from a lack of suitors as any team looking for enhanced starting pitching likely has this right-hander on the top of its wishlist. 


No. 3: Michael Bourn, CF

Arguably the best leadoff hitter in the game, Michael Bourn is not going to hurt for suitors this offseason, and it is a good bet that the Atlanta Braves will do everything they can to re-sign him. 

The two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner is excellent in all phases of the game. He is great on defense, fantastic at the plate and a monster on the base paths.

The one hole in his game is a lack of power, he hit a career-high nine home runs last year, but he more than makes up for this in other areas, and the 29-year-old is coming off his best season. 

Bourn posted a WAR of 6.0, and he is a career .272 hitter with an OPS of .704. 

Look for Bourn to go with the team that offers him the longest deal, as this is likely the 29-year-old's last chance at a mega contract.