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Cubs acquire infielder Jeimer Candelario from the Washington Nationals

TRADE: Cubs acquire Jeimer Candelario from Nationals for two minor league prospects - Image Credit: CBS Sports

The following press release was published on Monday, July 31st on MLB.com — Cubs acquire infielder Jeimer Candelario from the Washington Nationals

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired infielder Jeimer Candelario and a cash consideration from the Washington Nationals for minor league left-handed pitcher DJ Herz and minor league infielder Kevin Made.

Candelario, 29, hit .258 (95-for-368) with 57 runs, 30 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 53 RBI and an .823 OPS in 99 games with Washington this season. He entered today third in the N.L. in doubles and tied for sixth with 48 extra-base hits.

Candelario leads N.L. third basemen in fWAR (3.1), doubles and extra-base hits while his OPS is third and .481 slugging mark is fourth. He signed a one-year major league contract with the Nationals in November of last year.

Candelario returns to the Cubs organization after he was signed by Chicago as a non-drafted free agent in October of 2010, making his major league debut in five games with Chicago in 2016. He was traded to Detroit with infielder Isaac Paredes in a deal for catcher Alex Avila and pitcher Justin Wilson at the 2017 trade deadline.

The switch-hitting Candelario has appeared in 705 major league games with Chicago (2016-17), Detroit (2017-22) and Washington (2023), hitting .243 (620-for-2,551) with 156 doubles, 15 triples, 82 home runs and 301 RBI. He has played primarily third base (613 games) and has also seen time at first base (64) and designated hitter (21). Candelario appeared in a career-high 149 games with Detroit in 2021, tying for the major league lead with 42 doubles while batting .271 (151-for-557) with 16 home runs and 67 RBI.

Herz, 22, was selected by Chicago in the eighth round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, N.C. In 14 starts for Double-A Tennessee this season, he went 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA (26 ER/59.0 IP), 37 walks and 80 strikeouts.

Made, 20, hit .241 (63-for-262) with 17 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 25 RBI in 70 games for High-A South Bend in his third professional season. He was signed by Chicago as a non-drafted free agent, July 2, 2019, out of the Dominican Republic.

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