The Yankees Acquire Jon Berti from the Marlins to Fill the LeMahieu Void: A Closer Look at the Impactful Trade

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

The New York Yankees quickly made a move to acquire Jon Berti from the Miami Marlins after DJ LeMahieu suffered an injury. Berti, a utility man, had a standout season in 2023 and played a crucial 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 out of action, Berti is expected to fill the void 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, 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 as outfield prospect John Cruz headed to the Marlins and catcher Ben Rortvedt was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the deal. Additionally, Rays outfield prospect Shane Sasaki will also join the Marlins in the three-team trade.

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