Found November 05, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
A year ago, the free agent of free agents, Albert Pujols, was available to any team in baseball. OK, realistically he was only available to the few that could afford to offer him an insane amount of money, but nonetheless...This year's 1B crop is riddled with mediocrity and high-stakes gambles at the top-end. 1. Mike Napoli - Napoli is also my top-ranted catcher and, in my opinion, he'll likely move to a full-time 1B/DH role by the end of his next contract. His power numbers should stay consistent, but he has battled nagging injuries over the last couple of years. Early prediction: See top 10 free agent catchers. 2. Adam LaRoche - Typically a slow starter and strong second half batter, LaRoche had arguably his best big league season by starting hot in April (.329/.415/.549 with 4 home runs) and ending with a huge September (.324/.390/.667 with 10 home runs). Given his age in 2013 (33), teams should be hesitant to go beyond three years on any offer. Early...
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