Former Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario has reached an agreement with the Washington Nationals on a contract for the 2023 season, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.
Candelario, 29, was non-tendered by Detroit earlier this month, making him a free agent after he compiled a career low .633 OPS in 2022. He’ll have a chance to rebuild his value in Washington where the Nationals are in the early portion of a rebuilding phase.
Terms of the agreement, which was first reported by the Detroit Free Press, were not available.
Candelario is a seven-year veteran who led the majors in doubles (42) in 2021 but had just 28 walks to 109 strikeouts in 2022. He has a career .723 OPS in 606 games played.
This will be Candelario’s third team. He came up with the Chicago Cubs in 2016 before being traded to Detroit the following season. He hit 19 home runs in 2018 but has yet to reach that total in subsequent years.
Nationals, Jeimer Candelario reach one-year deal