Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN. com Analyst/reporter ESPN tv Author of “The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty”

All along, the strategy of the Toronto Blue Jays had been to start searching for chances– either in trades or in free-agent signings. The top priority was to entrench the group’s core of promising young gamers– Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and others– in the big leagues, and after that add to them. In front-office meetings over the last few years, they spoke of the 2020 trade due date and the offseason that followed as maybe the first windows to augment the lineup with established players.