Jon Berti Acquired by New York Yankees: A Look at His Impact on the Outfield and Infield

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

The Miami Marlins traded outfield prospect John Cruz and catcher Ben Rortvedt to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for utility man Jon Berti, who was acquired by the New York Yankees. 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.

The Yankees have a strong outfield lineup with players like Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Alex Verdugo, and Trent Grisham. 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.

Berti has experience in the outfield but is expected to play mainly on defense for the Yankees as they already have a strong lineup there. The deal was beneficial for all parties involved as it allows each team to acquire talent that fits their needs while giving up top prospects from their farm system.

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