by: Parker Perry
With Johnathan Broxton re-signed, Ryan Ludwick extended and Jack Hannahan on radar, the Cincinnati Reds appear to be having a solid off season.
However, there is one glaring piece that needs to be addressed--albeit a vast amount a time to do so.
Cincinnati needs a leadoff hitter. And unlike finding a bat that can play field or a closer, they will be forced to look for outside help.
There are different avenues the front office can take to fill the hole. There are still free agents like Michael Bourn who are demanding top dollar for his services. There are players like Justin Upton and Dexter Folwer who are demanding to trade value for theirs.
The Reds are attempting to make a move that will blossom their franchise into legitimate World Series contenders without giving up its future. A predicament that many small market teams must face to compete.
As far as I can tell there are several routs the Reds can ...