New York Yankees Bring in All-Star Utility Man Jon Berti

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

The New York Yankees made a quick move to acquire Jon Berti from the Miami Marlins following DJ LeMahieu’s injury. Berti, a utility man, 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.

As part of the deal that brought Berti to the Yankees, outfield prospect John Cruz was sent to the Marlins, while catcher Ben Rortvedt was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. In return for their acquisition of Berti, the Marlins received Rays outfield prospect Shane Sasaki.

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.

Even though Berti has experience in the outfield,

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