Josh Hamilton, OF
- The crown jewel of this year's free agent class has to be Josh Hamilton, who is fresh off a two-year, $24 million contract with the Rangers. Hamilton is coming off an excellent year, with a career-high 43 home runs. He can still hit, but his personal problems -- including a long battle with alcohol abuse -- could have some teams re-thinking a long-term contract.
Anibal Sanchez, RHP
- Anibal Sanchez had an excellent stretch, striking out 18 in 12 innings of work, with just a 1.77 ERA during the Tigers' World Series run. That run can earn Sanchez a hefty payday for his next contract. He has a one-year, $8 million contract, which he signed with the Marlins before being traded to the Tigers in July.
Kyle Lohse, RHP
- During the regular season, Kyle Lohse had a 16-3 record with a 2.86 ERA. In the postseason, Lohse provided three good starts, but fell apart in Game 7 of the NLCS. He's 34, and is coming off a four-year, $41 million contract.
Rafael Soriano, RHP
- Rafael Soriano stepped up when Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was injured, compiling 42 saves over the course of the season. He opted out of his contract, but with Rivera's 2013 status still uncertain, Soriano may re-sign with the Yankees for a pay raise.
Angel Pagan, OF
- In 2004, Carlos Beltran burst on the national scene with a postseason to remember. Angel Pagan's Giants postseason might not rival that of Beltran, but it still left an impact. Yes, his average was a mere .188, but he had three doubles, a triple and two home runs in 16 games. He also drove in six runs, and stole four bases, one of which fed America its needed tacos.
Adam LaRoche, 1B
- Adam LaRoche bounced back after a tough 2011 campaign by hitting .271 with 33 home runs in a full season. He was a big part of the Nationals' lineup, and is looking for an increase from his two-year, $8 million contract.
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- After he was traded from Boston to Chicago, Kevin Youkilis was able to provide some value -- 15 home runs -- but Youkilis has shown a steady decline in his average and on-base percentage since his best year in 2008. He batted .235, and his OBP was .336. Will a team be willing to give him roughly $10 million per year, as he was earning over the past four years? It's doubtful.
Melky Cabrera, OF