2023 Player Outlook
2023 Recap: Candelario opened the 2023 season in impressive fashion, slashing .258/.342/.481 with 16 home runs in 99 games for the Nationals. He was then traded at the deadline to the Chicago Cubs, and he took a bit of a step back there, hitting just .234 with six home runs over his final 41 games of the season. He posted a career high contact rate in 2023, and the Reds will be hoping that they can get the first half of 2023 version of Candelario this year.
2024 Outlook: Candelario gets a bump in terms of park value, as he’ll be going to Great American Ball Park, which we know is one of the best hitters' parks in the game. Candelario is going to play every day for Cincy, or at least very, very close to it, which bodes well for him in this lineup. With no split disadvantages, he figures to hit in the middle of the order every day, which puts him in a good spot to hit 20+ home runs and set a career high in runs scored and RBI in 2024.