Surprise Move: Miami Marlins Trade Jon Berti to the New York Yankees in Pivotal Roster Change

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

The Miami Marlins made a surprise move to trade utility man Jon Berti to the New York Yankees, who were in need of a replacement for DJ LeMahieu. Berti had an impressive season in 2023, hitting .294/.344/.405 with a career-best 103 OPS+ while playing five different positions, primarily shortstop and third base.

Berti’s arrival will likely fill the gap at third base for the Yankees, as Anthony Volpe is set to play shortstop, Gleyber Torres at second base and Anthony Rizzo at first base. Outfielder Oswaldo Cabrera was previously in line for the third base position but will now serve as a backup with Berti’s arrival.

While Berti has experience in the outfield, the Yankees already have a strong lineup with players like Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Alex Verdugo, and Trent Grisham. As part of the deal that brought Berti to the Bronx, outfield prospect John Cruz went to the Marlins and catcher Ben Rortvedt was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. Additionally, Rays outfield prospect Shane Sasaki will also join the Marlins in the three-team trade.

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