Jeimer Candelario Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 222 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 11/24/1993 (30)
Jeimer Candelario Season Stats
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Jeimer Candelario News
Cincinnati Reds corner infielder Jeimer Candelario was signed this offseason to be a steady presence in a very young lineup, despite an already crowded infield picture in Cincinnati. He has played in 746 major-league games, and no other Reds position player has appeared in more than 380 games. "Adding a guy like Jeimer takes some of that pressure off. Between DH, first base and third base, he's going to be an everyday player. There's plenty of playing time to go around there," manager David Bell said. The 30-year-old signed a three-year, $45 million deal in December to give the Reds even more offensive depth and defensive versatility. Candelario hit a career-high 22 home runs with the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs last year and is now moving to an even more friendly hitter's park. There's plenty to like about him as a cheap source of power with positional eligibility at both third and first base.
The Cincinnati Reds agreed to an undisclosed deal with free-agent infielder Jeimer Candelario on Wednesday night, according to a source. The deal is pending a physical. The Reds were not one of the teams expected to land Candelario, as they already have plenty of third base options at the big-league level in Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Noelvi Marte and Spencer Steer. Cincy has been rumored to be interested in some high-level starting pitchers on the trade market, though, so perhaps their plan is to flip several of their young players for a rotation arm. The 30-year-old Candelario is a switch-hitter and can also play first base. He'll be a bit more interesting with the Reds from a fantasy perspective after hitting .251/.336/.471 with an .807 OPS, career-high 22 home runs, 70 RBI and eight stolen bases in 140 total games with the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs in 2023.
Free-agent infielder Jeimer Candelario is among the Seattle Mariners' options at third base after they traded Eugenio Suarez to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. If the Mariners don't sign Candelario this winter, there is a good chance that Luis Urias could be the favorite to start at the hot corner to begin the 2024 regular season. Candelario is a hot commodity on the open market after hitting a combined .251/.336/.471 with an .807 OPS, a career-high 22 home runs, 39 doubles, three triples, 70 RBI, eight stolen bases and 77 runs scored in 140 games with the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs in 2023. The 29-year-old switch-hitter isn't a big power guy for a third baseman and has only a .243 career batting average in eight seasons in the big leagues. He did the majority of his damage in D.C. in 99 games before hitting just .234 in 41 games for the Cubs after he was traded.
Detroit Tigers corner infielder Jeimer Candelario had his 2020 season cut short due to a back strain, but not before he managed to show signs that he can be a useful fantasy player moving forward. In 52 games, Candelario had a .297/.369/.503 slash line while hitting seven homers, scoring 30 runs and tallying 29 RBI. Candelario's career batting average is .235, so you'd be forgiven for thinking last year was a fluke, especially as he had a .372 BABIP. But Candelario didn't rely solely on luck for his gains, as there were significant improvements in his line-drive rate (35.3%). and he barreled more balls than ever before (10.3%). While Candelario has always displayed a good eye at the plate, as demonstrated by his career 10.5% walk rate, he was more aggressive with pitches in the strike zone with a 5.5% increase on his career zone-swing rate (67.5%). Providing he does continue this trend, Candelario's 2021 batting average should fall somewhere in between his .235 career mark and .297 2020 average. The power gains should also stick somewhat, but it's hard to see a way for Candelario to repeat his 2020 numbers, which makes his current ADP of around 242 reasonable. There's limited upside to finding value by drafting Candelario, but he's a solid corner infielder who won't hurt your ratios at his price point.