Yankees Acquire Utility Star Berti to Replace Injured LeMahieu in Playoff Bid

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

The New York Yankees have quickly acquired utility player 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, hitting .294/.344/.405 with a career-best 103 OPS+. He demonstrated versatility by playing five different positions, primarily shortstop and third base, and excelled defensively at both positions.

As LeMahieu is sidelined, Berti will initially fill the gap at third base for the Yankees. 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 may also see some time in left field or right field if needed, given his experience there as well. The Yankees have a strong outfield lineup with players like Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Alex Verdugo, and Trent Grisham. With outfield prospect John Cruz heading to the Marlins and catcher Ben Rortvedt traded to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the deal that brought Berti to New York, Sasaki will also join the Marlins in the three-team trade.

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