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Quick Reaction: Yankees Acquire Jon Berti

by EJ Fagan

March 27, 2024

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The Yankees were dangerously thin in the infield. Not anymore! The Yankees have acquired Marlins infielder Jon Berti. The Yankees lose John Cruz, a 17 year-old outfield prospect that hasn’t played above rookie ball.


Wow! What a trade. Berti fits this team like a glove:




Here’s what Berti does well:


  • He’s one of the fastest players in baseball. He lead the NL in stolen bases in 2022 with 41.

  • He’s a strong fielder all over the infield.

  • He has some time in the outfield.

  • He makes a ton of contact

  • He’s much better against left-handed pitchers.

  • He’s under team control for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.

The downside? Berti is pretty much just a slap hitter. He’s coming off a really strong 2023, hitting .294/.344/.405, but hit much more IKF-like in previous years. Maybe he made some permanent adjustment, but my guess is that he’ll hit more like the back of his baseball card in 2024: .258/.337/.368.


Berti is a massive improvement over Kevin Smith, Oswaldo Cabrera and the rest of the bench options that the Yankees were rolling out on the Opening Day roster. In the short term, he’ll start for DJ LeMahieu while he recovers from a bone bruise on his foot. He’ll provide strong defense and reliable, bottom-of-the-order hitting. He’s a good enough overall player that the Yankees aren’t conceding much by letting him play 2 or 3 days per week when Rizzo and LeMahieu need rest.


The long term is where Berti really gets interesting. He is going to be a very important player on the 2024 Yankees in the following situations:


  • Pinch hitting for Alex Verdugo against a left-handed pitcher.

  • Pinch running for basically anyone, but especially LeMahieu and Rizzo in later innings, then defensively replacing them.

  • Situational hitting late in games. I’m going to guess that Berti can bunt.

  • Occasionally filling in for Volpe at shortstop.

  • Emergency outfielder.

  • Injury replacement for Rizzo, LeMahieu, Volpe, Torres, Grisham, maybe Verdugo.

Great job, Brian Cashman. He solved so many problems on this roster with one trade.


Let’s get this season going.

51 Kommentare


jeff
28. März

Look what Jon Berti did against the New York Mets at Citi Field. He stole 2nd. then he stole 3rd, then he stole home. WATCH THIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Piv4SdhFJE

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jjw49
28. März

You have to like the skill set of Berti so Cashman makes a trade that helps team but more importantly he establishes a dialogue with Marlins for potentially future trades.

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fuster
28. März
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Luzardo

Puk

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
28. März

Torres OBP (lifetime) = .334

Berti OBP (lifetime) = .337


Torres OBP (2023) = .347

Berti OBP (2023) = .344


Seems like a toss-up for the leadoff spot. Pretty identical numbers basically.

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I do like that Berti makes DJ a reserve player (hopefully) - that was needed.

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If I could make my line-up (with where the Yanks will play these guys):


Berti - 3b

Soto - RF

Judge - CF

Rizzo - 1b

Torres - 2b

Verdugo - LF

Stanton - DH

Wells - C

Volpe - SS


I like Torres in the five spot.

I like the L/R balance throughout

I like Stanton at #7 (until he proves he can hit, I don't want him higher)


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lenjack
28. März
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Not comparable to Torres, No power,

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popsmcp
popsmcp
28. März

I like the trade. Berti should be a very useful player. Way to go Cashman.

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Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
27. März

Folks, in my opinion, the Yankees finally have that LEAD OFF hitter they so desperately needed. Those 41 stolen bases in 2022 and the .294 Batting Average with a .748 OPS in 2023 convinced me of this. That AND an excellent defensive Third Baseman. I say play Jon Berti every day, and when LeMaheui is healthy, DJ would be a permanent backup at 1B, 2B, and 3B, who can be an every day player in the event of an Injured List visit from any of the regulars of those above 3 positions. Berti can also back up Volpe with DJ (when he returns) playing 3B. All Berti has to do is shave his beard off, and he will b…

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Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
28. März
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When DJ returns, if the Yankees decide to still make DJ the every day Third Baseman and Jon Berti becomes a utility player, he would make an excellent "ghost runner" in extra innings of a tie game, because with his speed and base stealing ability, he would likely score the winning run in that extra inning game.

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