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Utility Star Jon Berti Heads to the New York Yankees: A Look at the Trade and What It Means for the Teams

Yankees trade for INF Jon Berti from Marlins following DJ LeMahieu’s foot injury

Utility Star Jon Berti Heads to the New York Yankees: A Look at the Trade and What It Means for the Teams

The Miami Marlins traded utility man Jon Berti to the New York Yankees, who quickly acquired him following DJ LeMahieu’s injury. Berti had a standout season in 2023 and played a significant role in the Marlins’ playoff run. He hit .294/.344/.405 with a career-best 103 OPS+ while showcasing versatility by playing five different positions, primarily shortstop and third base. Berti also excelled defensively at both positions, making him a valuable addition to the Yankees.

Berti is expected to fill the gap at third base for the Yankees initially, as LeMahieu is sidelined. The rest of the team’s infield is relatively settled with Anthony Volpe at shortstop, Gleyber Torres at second base, and Anthony Rizzo at first base. While Oswaldo Cabrera was previously in line for the third base position, he will likely serve as a backup with Berti’s arrival.

Even though Berti has experience in the outfield, the Yankees have a strong outfield lineup with players like Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Alex Verdugo, and Trent Grisham. The Yankees didn’t have to give up top prospects for Berti, with outfield prospect John Cruz heading to the Marlins and catcher Ben Rortvedt traded to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the deal. Rays outfield prospect Shane Sasaki will also join the Marlins in the three-team trade.

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