- BetOnline and Bovada favor the Los Angeles Dodgers to win their second-straight World Series
- The Padres (+850) added All-Star starters Blake Snell and Yu Darvish in free agency
- The Yankees (+700) are chalk in the American League despite a quiet off-season
The Dodgers are +350 favorites to win the 2021 World Series, but baseball hasn’t had a repeat champion since the Yankees captured three straight titles from 1998-2000.
With spring training beginning this week, let’s take a fresh look at the latest MLB futures following a full off-season of free-agent signings and big-name trades.
Odds to win 2021 World Series
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Dodgers and Padres favored in National League
The Dodgers (+350) made one of the most surprising free-agent moves of the off-season, adding reigning AL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer to a rotation that already features Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. Of course, their batting lineup looks pretty good too with two former MVPs in Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts and the recently re-signed Justin Turner.
Buoyed by 22-year-old superstar Fernando Tatis Jr
Fernando Tatis Sr. showing his sons how it’s done. 😂
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— MLB (@MLB) February 16, 2021
Flush with Steve Cohen’s cash, the Mets (+900) acquired All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland. Assuming Noah Syndergaard can make a successful return from Tommy John surgery, New York should be legitimate contenders. At the very least, they’re a good bet to end Atlanta’s three-year reign in the AL East after the Braves (+1100) stayed quiet in free agency.
The Cardinals (+2500) are easily the best value on the board after stealing superstar Nolan Arenado from the Rockies. The 29-year-old third baseman is a five-time All-Star with four Silver Sluggers and eight Gold Gloves. And St. Louis basically got him for nothing.
Yankees the top contender in American League
George Steinbrenner is probably rolling in his grave after the Yankees (+700) sat out of free agency to avoid the luxury tax. The Bronx Bombers will again score a lot of runs after re-signing MVP candidate DJ Lemahieu, but their pitching staff is razor thin after Gerrit Cole.
Last year’s off-season darling, the White Sox (+900) lived up to the hype by snapping their 12-year postseason drought. After being swept by Oakland in the wild-card round, Chicago went out and signed A’s closer Liam Hendriks. One of the best relievers in all of baseball, the 31-year-old has a 1.79 ERA, 39 saves and 161 strikeouts over the last two seasons.
Mike Wilner: How George Springer and Marcus Semien position the Blue Jays to improve in other ways https://t.co/1yjKUSnmV5
— Toronto Star Sports (@StarSports) February 12, 2021
The Blue Jays (+2200) seem oddly undervalued by oddsmakers considering they added infielder Marcus Semien and 2017 World Series MVP George Springer in free agency. Toronto should have one of the best offenses in all of baseball, however, they’ll probably need it after failing to land a marquee starter.
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