The Cincinnati Reds are looking to repeat as National League Central champions in 2013, but the team can only dream about signing Josh Hamilton and other free agents to improve its chances to get back to the MLB postseason.
Every offseason features high-profile free agents looking for new teams, and Hamilton leads the pack this year. Zack Greinke is the top starting pitcher on the market, but the team had one of the best rotations in all of baseball in 2012.
It's no secret that the team is looking to upgrade its leadoff hitter and/or sign a left fielder. Ryan Ludwick declined his option for 2013, so the Reds may be looking elsewhere to fill that hole.
Not only would the team like to fill its leadoff role this offseason, but a left-handed hitter is near the top of the list. Right fielder Jay Bruce and first baseman Joey Votto were the only left-handers on the roster for the entire season in 2012.
The players on this list range from high-profile free agents to veterans to role players. Some of these players also have Ohio or Reds ties, which would help the team attract them.
There are very few players on this list that Cincinnati can afford, so don't expect them to sign these players. However, the addition of even one of these players would make the Reds the favorites to win the National League next season.
Fans can at least dream about adding big-time players.
*All stats are from ESPN.com