Olney: Blue Jays have a bright future -- if they play their cards right

With more talent on the way, potential trades (Marcus Stroman, anyone?) could help set up Toronto for years to come. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. draws all the attention in the Toronto Blue Jays' universe right now, from his first batting practice sessions, that raucous cheer launched by a crowd when he picked up a foul ball, and his first hit, executed under the happy gaze of his Hall of Fame dad.

But there is so much other stuff going well for the Blue Jays right now, and really, the hard part is probably already over in their rebuilding process. Along the way, not everything has gone according to plan, and the fans have been frustrated by some of the front-office decisions that will make more sense as time goes along -- and yet the conditions needed for Toronto to ascend again in the AL East in the next two or three seasons seem to be improving.