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

Marlins Swap Utility Man Berti for Yankees in Trade to Fill Gap Left by Injured LeMahieu”.

The Miami Marlins were quick to act following the injury of DJ LeMahieu, trading utility man Jon Berti to the New York Yankees. 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.

With LeMahieu sidelined, Berti is expected to fill the gap at third base for the Yankees initially. 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.

Berti has experience in the outfield as well but won’t be utilized there by the Yankees due to their already strong outfield lineup featuring players like Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Alex Verdugo and Trent Grisham. However, it appears that no top prospects were given up for Berti as part of this deal; instead, catcher Ben Rortvedt was traded to Tampa Bay Rays and outfield prospect John Cruz headed to Miami Marlins along with Rays outfield prospect Shane Sasaki.


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