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2014 MLB Free Agency: The Top 5 Available Designated Hitters

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2014 MLB Free Agency: The Top 5 Available Designated Hitters

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Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

This list of MLB free agents is only going to pertain to the American League because we are talking about the available designated hitters. There is no greater difference between the leagues of MLB than this little rule where the A.L. has the DH and the National League’s pitchers hit. For the A.L. this is more than just a little replacement for the pitcher though. This can be a huge part of any team and it also can be a way for a player to extend his career.

Probably the most visible example of one of the best designated hitters is Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Ortiz is a vital member of his team and each and every one of the teams in the A.L. try to find just the right guy to fill this role. It also is usually a place where they will play more than one player throughout the season. Any list of available designated hitters will include players that can also play another position, usually first base, the outfield or possibly catcher.

We are going to look at the free agents that are the top 5 available men that can fill this role and fill it well. Again there will be at least one or two that can fill a position in the field of play. That does not take away their ability to fill or their history of filling the role. As usual there are varying opinions on this subject so please feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section below.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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2014 MLB Free Agency: The Top 5 Available Catchers

2014 MLB Free Agency: The Top 5 Available First Basemen

2014 MLB Free Agency: The Top 5 Available Outfielders

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5 – Luke Scott

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Scott isn’t someone that most will initially think of but he is certainly shouldn’t be overlooked by the teams that need someone in this role. In 91 games during 2013 he clubbed 9 home runs and 40 RBI. His average isn’t much but that isn’t the biggest part of a DH anyway.

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4 – Travis Hafner

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Hafner had a pretty good season with the New York Yankees when he was playing. After only 82 games he had 12 home runs and 37 RBI. He isn’t a stranger to the dramatic moments and certainly has the power and ability to come through in the clutch.

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3 – Delmon Young

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Young came through for the Rays down the stretch as they had then lost then had the re-lost then hung onto the wildcard spot in the American League. With 11 homers and 38 RBI to his credit in 103 games of play, he has the pop to come through. Also it should be noted that he is on the younger side of 30 which can be rare among designated hitters.

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2 – Raul Ibanez

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Ibanez is on the older side of 40 but nobody cares because he is still killing the ball. How about 29 homers and 65 RBI for the season? Anyone in need of a 30 / 70 player in the line-up next year? Teams shouldn’t let his age fool them. Ibanez still has at least a couple of years left in him and will come through big for someone next season.

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1 – Kendrys Morales

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