Willingham, who will be 34 in February, had a .366 OBP and .890 OPS in 2012, and his 35 homers and 110 RBIs would easily have led the Braves in both categories.
Pros: He has 64 homers and 208 RBIs over the past two seasons, and is under contract at a bargain rate of $7 million in each of the next two seasons. At Minnesota’s pitcher-friendly Target Field, he hit a team-high 21 homers at home in 2012 (teammate Joe Mauer had four home runs in home games).
Cons: His age and history of back problems. Had career-highs of 145 games played and 615 plate appearances in 2012, only the third time he’s played more than 136 games. Also has 291 strikeouts over the past two seasons, although his 141 in ’12 were fewer than Braves outfielders Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward.