Josh Hamilton was the No. 1 overall selection by the Rays in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. Three years later, Tampa Bay took B.J. Upton with the No. 2 overall pick, and a year after that, the Rays selected Delmon Young with the No. 1 pick.

They now have something else in common. The three former top Draft picks for Tampa Bay are among the top outfielders available this offseason in the free-agent market. All three could easily end up signing with a new team.

They are among the high-profile players in a relatively deep group that runs the gamut from a potential Hall of Famer in Ichiro Suzuki to a one-time perennial All-Star in Andruw Jones to proven center fielders such as Michael Bourn, Angel Pagan and Shane Victorino. Cody Ross, Ryan Ludwick and Jonny Gomes are corner outfielders who have proven to be valuable players on winning teams.

There is the redoubtable Torii Hunter, who still provides plenty of production to go with his superb leadership qualities, and Melky Cabrera, who was having a dream season for the Giants before his 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs turned it all into a nightmare. Johnny Damon may be looking for a job, along with Grady Sizemore, Marlon Byrd, Bobby Abreu and Rick Ankiel.

Then there is Nick Swisher, the switch-hitting right fielder who turns 32 this month and averaged 26 home runs and 87 RBIs with a .268 batting average and a .483 slugging percentage over the past four seasons with the Yankees.