Michael Brantley adds a needed left-handed presence to the middle of the Astros' lineup, which is heavily right-handed with key cogs Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and George Springer.
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Michael Brantley can fill the DH role for the Astros, while the Mets didn't have to gut their farm system in landing catcher Wilson Ramos.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Few offseason signings will look as much like a perfect match as Michael Brantley to the Astros. The Astros needed left-handed bat after hitting just .246 against right-handed pitching in 2018, a flaw a steady diet of righty Red Sox relievers exposed in the ALCS. Among AL teams, only the Angels batted less often with the platoon advantage. Brantley can also DH, so he doesn't necessarily block top prospect Kyle Tucker, another lefty bat who could win the left-field job. A great team just got better.
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