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).
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||0.388||6.9%|
|Ken Griffey Jr.||0.354||13.9%|
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?