Blue Jays: Who closes if Ken Giles gets dealt this offseason?

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Ken Giles #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after the final out in the ninth inning during a MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on September 25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Ken Giles #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after the final out in the ninth inning during a MLB game against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on September 25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /
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Who will close for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2020 if the team decides to unload current closer Ken Giles during the offseason?

The Blue Jays were shopping Ken Giles before the trade deadline, however, his health prevented a deal from being consummated. The 29-year old is projected to earn $8.4 million this season and could be dangled as trade bait as the Blue Jays attempt to add starting pitching.

Giles had an impressive 2019 campaign going 2-3 with a 1.87 earned run average while compiling 23 saves. The closer struck out 83 hitters in 53 innings of work while accumulating a 2.4 WAR.

So who will close for the Blue Jays if Giles is dealt?

Jordan Romano

Romano was plucked from the organization via the Rule 5 draft but returned to the Blue Jays at the end of March. The Canadian had an inflated earned run average of 7.63 in 17 games at the major league level last season but fanned 21 in 15.1 innings of work.

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Romano has closer stuff and seems to have the necessary makeup to pitch late into ball games.

Sean Reid-Foley

Reid-Foley is an intriguing arm who has struggled the last couple of seasons pitching in a rotation. SRF also has closer stuff and could be a viable candidate if he can harness his emotions on the bump.

The 24-year old sports a 4.71 earned run average in 16 games with the big club over the past two seasons.

Ryan Tepera

Tepera battled injuries for much of last season but does have ten career saves to his name. The 31-year-old has been relied upon heavily in past seasons making 68 and 73 appearances respectively in 2018-17.

Tepera is projected to earn $1.6 million next season and is an affordable option for backend duties.

Wilmer Font

The 29-year old proved to be a valuable commodity for manager Charlie Montoyo after being purchased from the Mets in late July. Font was utilized as an opener 14 times in 2019 and fanned 53 in 39.1 innings of work.

He could be definitely in the closer conversation and will be an important part of the bullpen next season.

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Who do you think will get the nod as the next closer should the opportunity present itself in 2020? Have your say in the comments below.

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