The Toronto Blue Jays may have their eyes on a new third baseman for next season.
Toronto met with the representatives of free-agent infielder Jeimer Candelario on Tuesday, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.
The 29-year-old had one of his finest seasons in 2023, posting an .807 OPS with 22 home runs, 39 doubles, and 70 RBIs in 140 games for the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs.
While he’s a below-average third baseman by defensive runs saved, he was valued at two outs above average at the hot corner last season.
Candelario, who also has experience playing first base, could slot in at third if Matt Chapman departs in free agency.
Chapman has been the Blue Jays’ third baseman for the last two seasons, but he’s expected to command a lucrative deal in free agency after winning his fourth Gold Glove and hitting 17 homers in 2023.