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

Marlins and Yankees Make Blockbuster Trade: Miami Sends Berti to New York in Deal for Infield Depth and Outfield Prospects”.

The Miami Marlins traded utility man Jon Berti to the New York Yankees 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.

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.

The trade also saw 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.

The Yankees didn’t have to give up top prospects for Berti, which shows their commitment to winning despite having a strong outfield lineup with players like Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Alex Verdugo, and Trent Grisham.

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