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Buyer's guide: first base

Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols lead extremely top-heavy crop

Updated: November 4, 2011, 11:59 AM ET
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider
Pujols, FielderIcon SMIAfter Pujols and Fielder the first base free agent crop really thins out.

Keith Law has already ranked his top 50 free agents, but now he takes you on a more detailed, position-by-position look through the available players. Today, it's first base.

Players in demand

1. Prince Fielder: He will play 2012 at age 28, so the team that signs him gets his peak years plus some early decline years instead of all decline. Fielder hits, hits for power, gets on base (even outside of the intentional walks) and has shown signs of improvement against left-handed pitchers. There are red flags, including his weight and below-average defense, but the potential for several years of high OBPs and 35-plus home runs make him top dog in this market.