Poll: Next Offseason’s Best Free Agent Hitter

MLBTR's Tim Dierkes recently asked readers to vote on who the best starting pitcher of the coming offseason will be, and Josh Johnson led the way with nearly 20 percent of the vote.

The market for free agent hitters seems more concrete, given the fact that Robinson Cano's contract expires at the end of this season. However, many fans — including more than 78 percent of MLBTR readers who responded to Jeff Todd's poll – believe that the Yankees and Cano will agree to an extension prior to season's end.

In that instance, the free agent class shapes up much, much differently. Jacoby Ellsbury currently ranks second on MLBTR's 2014 Free Agent Power Rankings, but health is always a factor for Ellsbury, who missed more than 200 games from 2010-12. Other names on the current edition of that list include Shin-Soo Choo, Hunter Pence, Brian McCann and Chase Utley.

Beyond that, a look at the class as a whole features some intriguing hitters, including Corey Hart, Justin Morneau, Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz, to name a few.

Any one of these hitters could turn in a monster season and significantly boost his stock. Who's going to top the list?


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