Remaining Free Agent Power Hitters

Offense is becoming harder to find these days, especially power. Only 23 players hit 30 or more home runs in 2011, compared to 34 players five years ago and 41 players ten years ago. Unsurprisingly, power hitters like Albert Pujols and Carlos Beltran have already landed sizable contracts on the free agent market while a number of other sluggers are still poised to cash in.

Perhaps the best way to measure power isn't home runs or even slugging percentage, but isolated power, or ISO. ISO is simply slugging percentage minus batting average, which effectively removes singles to tell you extra bases per at-bat. The league average ISO in 2011 was .144, and Jose Bautista led all qualified hitters at .306. Curtis Granderson was second at .290 and Mike Stanton was third at .275. No other hitter qualified for the batting title and cleared a .270 ISO this past season.

Here are the remaining unsigned free agents with better than league average ISO's in 2011 (min. 200 PA)…

  1. Prince Fielder – .267 ISO
  2. Andruw Jones – .247
  3. Carlos Pena – .237
  4. Jason Varitek – .203
  5. Jonny Gomes – .180
  6. Derrek Lee – .179
  7. Pat Burrell – .175 
  8. Raul Ibanez – .174
  9. Wilson Betemit – .169
  10. Cody Ross – .165
  11. Jorge Posada – .163
  12. Johnny Damon – .156

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