Not even 12 hours after the Houston Astros claimed their first World Series championship, the off-season’s business is underway in baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays set to execute plans developed over the past month and finalized during two full days of meetings at the beginning of this week. Executives and scouts from across the organization, including Ben Cherington, Tony LaCava, Eric Wedge, Jon Lalonde and Jim Skaalen, joined general manager Ross Atkins and the rest of the front office in Toronto on Monday and Tuesday to lock down the club’s plan of attack. The Blue Jays have "a significant challenge ahead of us to ensure we put a contending team on the field next year," according to Atkins, after an injury filled 2017 led to a 76-86 finish, 17 games back of the AL East champion Boston Red Sox and nine games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second wild card. "We’re ready to go," says Atkins. "We’re never looking to have this benefit (of missing the post-season), but there is the silver lining that we have been entirely focused for the past month on how we can maximize every opportunity that could present itself."