As we sit here in early September with the home stretch of the 2012 season about to get underway in earnest, it's never too early to look ahead to the months ahead when the free agent frenzy gets underway.
While some of the biggest names expected to be available have already been locked up, including Matt Cain, Andre Ethier and Cole Hamels, there are still a plethora of intriguing possibilities for each of the 30 teams as they look to re-tool their squads for the 2013 season.
Of course, there is only a limited number of players who will be available as the cream of the crop, and each of them is sure to have multiple suitors. You'll see some players mentioned as the top target of a number of teams in the pages that follow.
Keep in mind that much of this is speculation, for as much as we'd love to know exactly what every general manager has in mind, none of them are willing to come out and say definitively "my goal is to sign Player X away from another team."
Then again, perhaps some of them have said more than they realize with comments they've made over the course of the season.
Let's take a look at what player each team hopes to have sign on the dotted line in time for spring training next year.