Epstein said he likely would have remained the Boston GM for one more year had Terry Francona been back. Theo did not feel comfortable overseeing a search for a manager when he would likely no longer be with the Red Sox after the 2012 season. (http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/red-sox/post/_/id/15101/theo-explains-why-he-left)
As a result of all this, Ben Cherington steps in as the new GM of the Sox. Amid high demands and tough expectations, Cherington has a difficult road lying ahead of him. Here are 10 things he can do to get the Red Sox back on track for 2012.