One of the biggest needs heading into the offseason for the Redlegs is a more productive leadoff hitter. Cincinnati received next to no help from the guys at the top of the batting order in 2012, and that must change in 2013. To give you an idea of just how bad it was, check out the following.
The Reds ranked dead last in the majors at the No. 1 slot in average (.208), on-base percentage (.254), and OPS (.581) last season. They also ranked dead last in the National League with one homer out of the leadoff spot. That's right. One stinkin' homer. While nobody expects the man at the top to lead the team in longballs, people do expect them to be a spark and get on base.
ESPN.com's Jim Bowden recently addressed the club's woes in this area and suggested that they make a big splash this offseason to solve it.
Here's what Bowden proposes the Reds to do:
2. Cincinnati Reds sign CF Michael Bourn for five years, $70 million.
Last season, the Reds had the ...