A Helpful List
Since interim GM Lee Pelekoudas has stated that he wants to take some time to evaluate the roster and not make any rash decisions before deciding what moves to make, and because the coaching staff wants to make sure that everyone puts Ichiro, Bedard, and Beltre at the top of the list of problems, let me offer up the list of what the actual problems with this roster are, in the order that they should be addressed.
1. Vidro’s offense.
2. Sexson’s offense.
3. Ibanez’s defense.
4. Sexson’s defense.
5. Johjima’s offense.
6. Cairo’s playing time / Bench in general
7. Betancourt’s defense.
8. Lopez’s defense.
134. Bedard’s media relations.
135. Beltre’s lack of taking early batting practice.
136. Ichiro’s personal stretching routine.
Fixing the top eight problems range from easy (release Sexson and Vidro, move Ibanez to DH) to a bit tougher (if you trade Betancourt/Lopez, who replaces them?), but you’re only allowed to worry about the lower tier problems once you’ve worked on the upper tier. Okay? Good.
Hope this helps.