The young Reds are adding to their core with a veteran presence in the infield, agreeing to a deal with Jeimer Candelario, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand late Wednesday night. It's for three years and a total of $45 million, the source said, plus a $15 million option for a fourth year. The club has not confirmed the move, which is pending a physical. Candelario was among the top hitters moved at the 2023 Trade Deadline, dealt from the Nationals to the Cubs -- where he started his career -- for Minor Leaguers DJ Herz and Kevin Made. While injuries limited him to just 41 games with Chicago in 2023, Candelario still posted one of the best offensive seasons of his career.
The Cubs, as you’ll recall, acquired Jeimer Candelario from the Tigers at the deadline, as the 1,000th option to find an everyday first/third baseman for the 2023 team. After a red-hot start, Candelario cooled off significantly, and eventually got hurt at a key stretch of the season (he was out from the 11-26th of September). The Cubs wound up just barely missing the playoffs and the rest is history. Not that it had to be.
The Reds have agreed to a deal with third baseman Jeimer Candelario, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The deal is pending a physical. Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Mike Rodriguez of Univision had previously reported that the Reds were a finalist for Candelario’s services. According to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the deal is worth $45MM guaranteed over three years, with a club option that could take the total to four years and $60MM.
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