ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Who is 3B Jeimer Candelario? Diamondbacks reportedly showed interest in free agent

Nov 11, 2023, 1:12 PM

Jeimer Candelario...

Jeimer Candelario #9 of the Chicago Cubs at bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field on September 08, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks showed interest in free agent third baseman Jeimer Candelario, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported this week.

Candelario is a 29-year-old switch hitter coming off a season in which he hit a career-high 22 home runs with an .807 OPS. He also hit 39 doubles after leading the AL with 42 in 2021.

He was non-tendered by the Detroit Tigers after a down 2022 (.633 OPS) but slashed .258/.342/.481 in 99 games with the Washington Nationals in 2023 before the trade deadline.

Washington sent Candelario to the Chicago Cubs, where he was closer to a league average hitter with a .764 OPS in 41 games. In his career, his platoon splits have been better against left-handed pitchers, although that was not the case this past season when he blasted 16 homers off righties.

His 22% strikeout rate and 9.2% walk rate were close to average in MLB.

Candelario played exclusively at third base in Washington, but he split time at first base with the Cubs. He was statistically much better at third base with two outs above average at the hot corner and -2 at first. That contributed to a defensive drop-off after the trade to Chicago.

He made his MLB debut in 2016 with the Cubs and has spent most of his career playing for Detroit.

Heyman reported the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels also showed interest in the veteran, while multiple reports indicated his representatives met with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Spotrac projects his contract to be three years for $35.8 million.

Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro said on Burns & Gambo he heard it was doubtful the Diamondbacks go for Candelario. There is not a deep pool of third basemen on the free agent market, though.

Other free agents include Matt Chapman, Justin Turner (played more first base in 2023), Gio Urshela and Josh Donaldson. The trade market could yield more results.

The Diamondbacks’ Opening Day third baseman is not as obvious as other spots in the lineup. Evan Longoria is a free agent, and he said after the World Series he was undecided on whether he would play another year.

Emmanuel Rivera and Jace Peterson remain options but were below league-average hitters in 2023. Prospects Ivan Melendez and Deyvison De Los Santos have worked at the hot corner, but they have yet to reach Triple-A Reno.

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Diamondbacks

Slade Cecconi...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Slade Cecconi working to establish changeup amid 5th starter battle

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Slade Cecconi went into his latest spring training start with a clear objective to focus on his changeup.

43 minutes ago

Matt Chapman making a play...

Associated Press

Diamondbacks’ NL West foe Giants reportedly sign 3B Matt Chapman

The San Francisco Giants reportedly signed four-time Gold Glove winner Matt Chapman to a three-year contract.

4 hours ago

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker suffers hand contusion on hit-by-pitch: ‘We dodged a bullet’

Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker "dodged a bullet" with no broken bones after getting hit by a pitch in spring training. 

20 hours ago

Presented By...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Who would you rather? (Arizona Sports version)

Burns & Gambo play a game of 'Who would you rather?' after the photo of Kyler Murray, Corbin Carroll and Devin Booker was shared from Boardroom's Instagram.

2 days ago

Geraldo Perdomo celebrates...

Vincent DeAngelis

D-backs’ Geraldo Perdomo, Christian Walker talk facing reloaded Dodgers, 4-HR inning in NLDS

Geraldo Perdomo and Christian Walker spoke on the four-home run inning in the 2023 NLDS and the Dodgers' offseason acquisitions.

2 days ago

Texas Rangers fan shows his tattoo of the Game 5 World Series box score...

Haboob Blog

Rangers fan’s tattoo of World Series box score will make Diamondbacks fans sick

A radio host will always remember the Texas Rangers' World Series win over the Diamondbacks thanks to a tattoo of the Game 5 box score.

2 days ago

Who is 3B Jeimer Candelario? Diamondbacks reportedly showed interest in free agent