The Yankees’ Smart Move: Acquiring Jon Berti for a Flexible Infield

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

The New York Yankees made a smart move to acquire utility man Jon Berti from the Miami Marlins 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, 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 rest of the team’s infield is relatively settled, with Volpe and Torres showing promise as young players who have already contributed to the team’s success.

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.

Berti is expected to bring some much-needed depth and versatility to the Yankees’ already strong roster. With LeMahieu sidelined due to an injury, Berti will be able to step into any role that is required of him and provide solid production across multiple positions. His experience playing both infield and outfield makes him a valuable asset for any team looking for flexibility in their lineup.

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