Free Agent OBP Leaders

Many teams will be looking to add OBP-oriented players this winter.  The below chart ranks free agents by on-base percentage (.340 and above is considered solid).  I also included BB%, the percentage of plate appearances in which the hitter drew a walk.  This helps identify those whose OBPs may be deceiving because of reliance on batting average (Hairston’s .338/.388/.475 line is an example).

Player OBP BB%
Milton Bradley 0.445 16.6%
Manny Ramirez 0.424 12.7%
Mark Teixeira 0.409 14.3%
Brian Giles 0.393 13.0%
Adam Dunn 0.390 19.0%
Jerry Hairston Jr. 0.388 6.9%
Jason Giambi 0.376 13.9%
Ray Durham 0.375 12.2%
Pat Burrell 0.375 16.1%
Bobby Abreu 0.374 10.2%
Ramon Vazquez 0.372 10.9%
Raul Ibanez 0.370 9.5%
Orlando Hudson 0.367 8.8%
Doug Mientkiewicz 0.367 12.5%
Fernando Tatis 0.363 8.9%
Jamey Carroll 0.356 9.5%
Cliff Floyd 0.356 11.1%
Casey Blake 0.355 8.2%
David Eckstein 0.355 7.8%
Ken Griffey Jr. 0.354 13.9%
Frank Thomas 0.349 13.5%
Mark Grudzielanek 0.345 5.3%
Nick Punto 0.343 7.7%
Mark Kotsay 0.343 7.4%

Giambi and Bradley may hold strong appeal as players who can help a team’s OBP but may not require long-term commitments.  Vazquez and Tatis are a couple of interesting sleepers.  Are they one-year wonders?


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