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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.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Yankees make the signing of lefty free agent J.A. Happ official today, they also made room for him on the 40-man roster by designating right-hander Parker Bridwell for assignment. Happ gets signed to a two-year deal with a vesting option for 2021.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Signing Wilson Ramos makes a lot more sense for the Mets than trading Noah Syndergaard to acquire J.T. Realmuto. Ramos has been one of the best-hitting catchers over the past three seasons (.298/.343/.483) and should give the Mets some much-needed stability there. And they still have Syndergaard! Next up: A.J. Pollock?