2012 MLB Free Agents: Prince Fielder and the Best Power Hitters Still Available
Albert Pujols may have been snatched up by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of the United States of the World, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any power bats still available.
So for teams looking to add power (ahem, Seattle Mariners), all hope isn’t lost. Here’s a look at the three best available.
Duh. The big vegetarian hit 38 home runs last season and has hit at least 30 each of the past five seasons. He may not get back to 50 homers like he did in 2007, but he possesses a big bat.
Part of the reason Fielder still isn’t signed is because most teams are wondering if he’s really worth it. Scott Boras certainly thinks so, but a proposed 10-year, $180-$200 million contract is a little scary.
Still though, he’s just 27, so it’s hard to believe a team won’t just “nut up” and sign Fielder to the big contract.
Whoever it is, it won’t be the Milwaukee Brewers, who just signed Aramis Ramirez. We know that much.
I didn’t say solid average hitters. Pena may give you a .220 average, but the lefty will also likely get you 30-plus homers.
He’s hit 28 the last two seasons, but those followed seasons of 46, 31 and 39. Of course, during those five seasons, his highest average, besides a fluky .287 in 2007, was .247.
So there are certainly downfalls.
There’s also the fact that Pena’s agent is also Scott Boras, so there’s absolutely no way he’ll come at a discount.
The 33-year-old might be waiting as a free agent for a little longer.
You might not think of Cuddyer as a power hitter, but he’s certainly got some pop. He hit 32 homers back in 2009 and just hit 20 this year in 130-plus games.
Nonetheless, this power-hitting utility man might soon be off the market.
The Twins have offered Cuddyer a three-year deal, but the Rockies have also made him an offer. A bunch of other teams, such as the Mariners and Phillies, are also interested.
With the length and size of his contract, his ability to play multiple positions, his powerful bat and his veteran presence, Cuddyer will make for a very good signing this winter.
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