The Major League Baseball regular season is over, meaning that the Major League Baseball offseason has begun. This time of the year is often referred to as the "Hot Stove" season—you can bet that the stove will be flaming hot in Cincinnati this winter.
The Cincinnati Reds' Ryan Ludwick and Ryan Madson have already filed for free agency, and you shouldn't be surprised to see them both playing in new uniforms next season. Ludwick may have been a key component to 2012, but his soon-to-be inflated 2013 salary will outweigh his actual 2013 value.
A young team with such a bright future cannot waste its money that could be used to eventually lock up more of its young core—the Reds won't make such a mistake.
As the Reds prepare to let Ludwick walk, let's have a little fun and take a look at five free agents that Cincy should take a serious look at this winter.