MLB Free Agency: 5 of the Top Power Hitters on the Market and Where They'll Go
This offseason’s class of free agent hitters features two players who not only finished in the top 10 in the major leagues in home runs last season, but have also hit a combined 675 in their careers.
But Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder are not the only two power hitters available this offseason.
Teams looking for a power bat to add to their lineup will have the chance to sign players capable of hitting 20 or more home runs each season for the duration of their new deals. The signing of these players may be what helps a team make the playoffs next season.
Here are five of this offseason’s top power hitters.
Whichever team signs Pujols will be signing a player who is a career .328 hitter and has hit 445 career home runs and 1,329 RBI. They will also be signing one of this offseason’s top power hitters.
Pujols batted .299 with 37 home runs and 99 RBI last season. Last season was the first of his career in which he batted below .300. Pujols has never hit fewer than 30 home runs in a season, and only once hit fewer than 100 RBI.
Pujols’ next deal is likely to be over $200 million, which means a return to St. Louis could also be likely.
Fielder hit 38 home runs and 120 RBI last season, both of which were in the top five in the National League. His .299 batting average is also one of the highest of free agents this offseason.
Fielder, a career .282 hitter, has hit 200 home runs and 565 RBI over the last five seasons. For his career, Fielder has 230 home runs and 656 RBI. He also has the highest home run and RBI totals of free agents this offseason.
Fielder is a free agent who may sign a deal over $150 million, and the Chicago Cubs may be the team that signs him.
Beltran may be this offseason’s top power hitter of free agent outfielders. Beltran batted .300 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI last season.
Beltran has over 300 career home runs, 1,100 RBI and is a career .283 hitter. His home run and RBI totals from last season put him as one of this offseason’s top power hitters of all positions. Beltran also is just shy of 2,000 career hits.
Teams such as Boston and the New York Yankees may attempt to sign Beltran this offseason.
Cuddyer batted .284 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI last season. A career .272 hitter, Cuddyer has hit over 60 home runs and over 240 RBI the last three seasons. After Beltran, he may be one of this offseason’s top power hitters of outfielders, as well as of all free agents.
Minnesota and Philadelphia may be teams that attempt to sign Cuddyer.
Ramirez may be one of the top power-hitting free agents this offseason, as well as one of the top third basemen. Ramirez batted .306 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI last season.
Ramirez has hit over 115 home runs and over 450 RBI the last five seasons. He has 315 career home runs and 1,122 RBI, and has batted .284 for his career.
Milwaukee may attempt to sign Ramirez this offseason.