The manager is in place, and within 10 days Eric Wedge will have a coaching staff.
Now, it gets hard. Now, general manager Jack Zduriencik must start righting some of the wrongs of his 2010 roster and find help for a Seattle Mariners team that could be filled with babies when spring training opens.
The ace of the pitching staff, Felix Hernandez, won't turn 25 until April. Right-hander Michael Pineda will be 22, and he and 21-year-old lefty Mauricio Robles will push for spots in the rotation. Dan Cortes, 22, will be a strong bullpen candidate.
Then there's that offense, the worst in the American League since the designated hitter was introduced.
Figure Justin Smoak, 24, at first base. Dustin Ackley, 22, will probably start the season in Tacoma - but he'll be in camp as a second-base candidate. Matt Mangini, 24, needs help with his footwork at third base but could make the team there or as the DH. Michael Saunders, 24, and Greg Halman, 23, will be in the mix in left field. Adam Moore, 26, is the catcher. Matt Tuiasosopo, 24, could be an all-purpose reserve.
Fold in veterans Ichiro Suzuki, Franklin Gutierrez and Chone Figgins, and the Mariners will begin spring training with a slightly improved offense which might rank 27th instead of 30th among the 30 big-league teams.
Zduriencik will be looking to make deals all winter, but with what he has to trade it's difficult to see a blockbuster coming. What would David Aardsma bring? Think Jose Lopez will draw offers?
The Mariners most likely will try to add by subtraction - saying goodbye to Casey Kotchman, Russell Branyan and perhaps Lopez.
What the club needs above all else is a middle of the order hitter who can produce runs. The team has rabbits at the top is Ichiro and Figgins, but another season of watching the No. 3 and No. 4 hitters leave them there would be disastrous - for the team and it's fans.
And that is Zduriencik's challenge. Want to go young? Fine. But give that pitching staff the chance to win games.
Given what the Mariners have in hand, Wedge might fare slightly better than Don Wakamatsu or Daren Brown. Both were undermined by a poorly built offense. If Wedge is to have a chance in 2011, Zduriencik has to do more than ask his new manager to develop the youngsters.
He has to add a bat or two.