The World Series odds for 2017 have changed quite a bit over the last 72 hours, and that is all because Boston General Manager Dave Dombrowski never stops dealing. The former Tigers GM who made many blockbusters deals with Detroit is doing the same routine as the leader of the Red Sox. Dombrowski made a splash by announcing the trade for Chris Sale earlier this week, a move that makes the Red Sox pitching staff arguably the best in baseball.
In return, Boston sent four prospects to Chicago, including rising star infielder Yoan Moncada. While Sale is the star addition for the Bosox, they also picked up Tyler Thornburg and Mitch Moreland on Tuesday, making them primary World Series contenders in the eyes of Vegas odds makers.
Boston jumped from 9/1 to 11/2 just one day after these deals took place.
That’s not surprising considering the Red Sox now have a top three that includes Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and David Price. If Boston stays healthy, they are going to be a tough team to beat in the AL East in 2017.
Speaking of the AL East, the New York Yankees also jumped up a bit in the World Series odds post-winter meetings update. Adding Matt Holliday and closer Aroldis Chapman is nothing to sneeze at, and already Las Vegas sportsbooks are starting to notice.
According to Bovada, New York was listed at 17/1 to win the fall classic next season, but they have now jumped to 14/1, which is a pretty big swing. Adding Chapman has a lot to do with those odds swinging a bit. Top of the line closers are hard to find nowadays, and the Yankees just added arguably the best in the business.
With the surprising final two months of production in 2016 from rookie Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius looking more comfortable at shortstop, the Yankees may surprise a lot of folks in 2017.
Two teams that have taken a step back since the end of the 2016 regular season are the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox.
For Chicago it’s simple – they are trading every good player they have, so their odds to win the 2017 World Series are plummeting! Chris Sale and Adam Eaton are now on different teams, so look for the all out fire sale to continue before the 2017 regular season begins. With the Cubs listed as the favorite to win the back-to-back World Series titles, it may be a long summer on the south side for Sox fans.
Chicago was listed at 45/1 to win the 2017 World Series in October. They are now 66/1.
As for the Detroit Tigers, having General Manager Al Avila publicly announce that “every player is trade bait,” then promptly trading Cameron Maybin following that statement may have soured odds makers on Detroit. With trade rumors swirling about star players including J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler, and Jose Iglesias, sports enthusiasts aren’t interested in throwing down money on a team that is giving the impression that they are much more interested in lowering the payroll than winning.
The Tigers World Series odds were listed at 25/1 in October, but they have now fallen to 28/1.
While the Cubs, Red Sox, and Nationals are the three teams to beat according to odds makers, who are the teams Vegas isn’t giving a chance to early on? With a seven-way tie for last place between the Brewers, Athletics, Diamondbacks, Reds, Twins, Phillies and Padres, if one of these teams won the World Series it would make someone a lot of money. All seven teams are listed at 100/1.
Here are the current odds for all 30 clubs thanks to Bovada Sportsbook:
- Cubs: 15/4
- Red Sox: 11/2
- Nationals: 9/1
- Indians: 12/1
- Astros: 12/1
- Dodgers: 14/1
- Yankees: 14/1
- Giants: 14/1
- Mets: 18/1
- Blue Jays: 20/1
- Cardinals: 25/1
- Mariners: 25/1
- Rangers: 25/1
- Orioles: 28/1
- Tigers: 28/1
- Royals: 33/1
- Pirates: 40/1
- White Sox: 66/1
- Marlins: 66/1
- Braves: 75/1
- Rockies: 75/1
- Angels: 75/1
- Rays: 75/1
- Brewers: 100/1
- Athletics: 100/1
- Diamondbacks: 100/1
- Reds: 100/1
- Twins: 100/1
- Phillies: 100/1
- Padres: 100/1
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