How timing and circumstance finally allowed the Toronto Blue Jays to land a star

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All along, the plan of the Toronto Blue Jays had been to start looking for opportunities -- either in trades or in free-agent signings. The priority was to entrench the team's core of promising young players -- Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and others -- in the big leagues, and then add to them. In front-office meetings in recent years, they spoke of the 2020 trade deadline and the offseason that followed as perhaps the first windows to augment the roster with established players.