With the non-waiver trade deadline behind them, teams around Major League Baseball turn their attention to the stretch run to the postseason and, in many cases, their longer term needs.
Offseason trades and free agency are always crucial to clubs looking for replacements and improvements, and this winter will be no different. The free agent class of 2012 is headlined by some of the biggest names in baseball.
Some positions will feature prodigious power and top-tier quality. Others offer depth. Whatever their specific objectives, plenty of organizations will be bidding when the Hot Stove league gets under way.
It's time to rank the 20 best hitters available via free agency once 2011 comes to a close.