Originally Posted by Steve4192
In the 'big picture' the 2012 team was incredibly healthy and had a number of guys put up career years. There are a lot of reasons to believe they will take a step back in 2013 (much like they did in 2011 after an excellent 2010). Shoring up weaknesses would go a long way towards offsetting those reasons, not to mention it might improve the Reds odds of winning a short series sprint in addition to winning the regular season marathon.
You're 100% correct the Reds must address the near-term leadoff situation. It's the most pressing need heading into 2013. The team can't afford to be complacent and wait on Hamilton. It either needs to find a short-term solution or someone who can drop to the #2 slot when Hamilton arrives.