Yankees Pull off 3-Team Trade to Replace $90 Million Infielder

When DJ LeMahieu's foot issue was a bone bruise, the Yankees may have avoided a major injury. 

However, the bone bruise is significant enough to keep LeMahieu out for the season, so the Yankees made a three-team deal on Wednesday, less than 30 hours before Opening Day in Houston, to improve infield depth.

Jon Berti, a Marlins utility player, was dealt to the Yankees to replace LeMahieu at third early in the season. Though experienced in the outfield, Berti can play all over the infield.

 Berti has started 85 games at second base, 119 at third, and 86 at shortstop in six seasons. He's started 63 outfield games.

The Yankees traded 18-year-old outfield prospect John Cruz to the Marlins and 26-year-old backup catcher Ben Rortvedt to Tampa Bay to complete the deal. The Rays traded outfielder Shane Sasaki to the Marlins.

Manager Aaron Boone was relieved to add Berti after LeMahieu's injury, a three-time All-Star who signed a six-year, $90 million deal in 2021, raised concerns about bench depth.

This excites me. I think we're getting a solid guy," Yankees manager Aaron Boone told The Athletic on Wednesday. DJ's absence makes him part of the third base mix.

We hope he can play all over the infield and maybe outfield when we're whole. Quality hitter, bat-to-ball, can steal a base—I think he'll be a great addition for us, whether he plays everyday or utility.”

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