5. Steve Pearce
Pearce’s 2015 batting average of .218 might scare some teams off. I say it shouldn’t. He had a .232 BABIP, .050 points below his career average. Now, I do not expect Pearce to hit .300 next season, but I do think he has the ability to bounce back and hit around his .247 career average.
Pearce has never played more than 102 games in a season, which he did in 2014, but I think given the opportunity, he can be a productive player. Pearce had a breakout season in 2014, when he had career highs in fWAR (4.9) and home runs (21).
Despite Pearce’s low average last season, he still managed to hit 15 homers in just 92 games played. The power is clearly there, and if a team gives him the opportunity to play 120-140 games, I could see him reaching 20-25 homeruns. Pearce can definitely provide pop to a team looking to acquire power for a relatively cheap price.
Note: Pearce did not receive a qualifying offer, which will help him garner interest from numerous teams.