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Every Single 2020 Free Agent the Blue Jays could be Interested in

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Sean Doolittle #63 of the Washington Nationals walks to the dugout after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets in the seventh inning at Nationals Park on August 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Sean Doolittle #63 of the Washington Nationals walks to the dugout after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets in the seventh inning at Nationals Park on August 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Sean Doolittle

The past few seasons, Sean Doolittle has spent most of the time as the Nationals’ closer, but he wasn’t hard to trust when it came to tight situations.

In the 2020 season, he didn’t get a single save nor did he even get an opportunity to do so. He only pitched in 11 games consisting of 7.2 innings pitched with an ugly 5.87 ERA and an opponent average of exactly .300. He missed most of the season with an oblique injury,  and he didn’t pitch in a single game after he suffered it.

He was mediocre in 2019 posting a 4.05 ERA in 60 innings pitched where he struck out 66 batters compared to 63 hits given up across 63 games. He got 29 saves and blew six chances.

He did do well on the Nationals path to the World Series posting a 1.74 ERA and an opponent average of .167 in nine games, which saw him pitch 10.1 innings.

His 2018 season was the best of his career. He recoded a 1.60 ERA with 60 strikeouts over 21 hits in 45 innings for an opponent average of .135 and walking just six while notching 25 saves and blowing one in 43 appearances.

He put up similar numbers in the 2017 season which he split with the Athletics and Nationals.

The Blue Jays could offer him a role in the bullpen as a set-up man but may not be the best idea to rely upon in closing situations.

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