Top 10 Free Agent Position Players

Nick Laham

An updated list of the Top 10 bats remaining on the free-agent market.

While the pitching market has been rather slow to develop, clubs have had no trouble navigating their way through the market for position players.

The available free-agent position player talent has not been as deep as in years past, but the two top position player names -- Josh Hamilton and B.J. Upton -- from our original Top 10 Free Agent list were paid handsomely nonetheless.

There are still five pretty valuable position players available on the market, but the list tails off considerably from there:

1. Nick Swisher - RF - 32 (Signed with Indians)

Swisher has been tied to several clubs, including the Indians, Red Sox, Braves, Giants, Mariners and Phillies. The Tribe appears to be the most aggressive in their pursuit of the switch-hitter, but there is always room for a mystery team like the Dodgers to swoop in and sign the veteran.

2. Michael Bourn - CF - 29

The market for Bourn has dwindled considerably in the week since the Winter Meetings concluded. Most of the teams on the market for a center fielder have already locked one up -- two doing so through trades with the Twins -- but the Mariners and Rangers still on the prowl for outfield help.

3. Adam LaRoche - 1B - 33

The Nationals are the favorites to sign LaRoche, but have been steadfast in their reluctance to give the the lefty slugger the three-year deal he wants. The Orioles and Red Sox have also been tied to the veteran, but Baltimore has their reservations and Boston will likely be off the market if they can work out their contract issues with Mike Napoli.

4. Cody Ross - OF -32 (Signed with Diamondbacks)

The Mets, Phillies, Mariners, Braves, Orioles and Red Sox have all shown interest in Ross, one of the few right-handed outfield bats on the open market. The veteran is reportedly seeking a three-year deal in the range of $25 million, and may get it with Hamilton getting $125 million and Upton getting $75 million.

5. A.J. Pierzynski - C - 36 (Signed with Rangers)

The veteran backstop is coming off his best season at age 35, so teams have been pretty wary that they may get a player due for some serious regression. The Yankees, Rays and White Sox have all shown some interest in adding Pierzynski, but Chicago will likely move on to using Tyler Flowers as their full-time catcher.

6. Lance Berkman - 1B/DH - 37

Berkman was thought to be the Astros' top target to take on the DH role for their inaugural AL season, but the Big Puma will likely take his services elsewhere now that Houston has signed Carlos Pena. Berkman is still mulling retirement as well, so he may be a name that remains on the board right up to spring training.

7. Kelly Johnson - 2B - 31

The left-handed hitting second baseman picked a bad time to have the worst season of his career. The rumor mill for the veteran has been completely silent, and with the Blue Jays picking up Maicer Izturis on a three-year deal he is highly unlikely to sign on with his former club.

8. Delmon Young - OF - 27

The 2012 ALCS MVP has not been a popular name on the free-agent market so far this winter. Young is unlikely to reunite with Detroit, but there are enough teams still looking for corner outfield options that he should land a starting job somewhere.

9. Grady Sizemore - OF - 30

The younger of the oft-injured duo let go by the Indians last month, Sizemore had yet another microfracture surgery in September and is unlikely to be available to anyone until midseason. If Grady can ever get healthy he would be a good addition to any squad, but that appears less and less likely as time wears on.

10. Travis Hafner - DH - 35

Part two of Cleveland's oft-injured duo, Hafner actually managed to play in 66 games for the Indians in 2012 in the midst of continued back trouble. The Tribe has shown a willingness to re-sign the slugging veteran, but it will be at a serious discount.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our Top 10 Free Agent Pitchers as well.

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