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Trout and Bryant lead the way in MLB MVP odds

Winter is about ready to submit to spring and baseball diamonds are beginning to thaw, paving the way for Opening Day of the 2017 MLB season. While March Madness dominates the headlines this time of year, baseball bettors are deep into research for futures and prop bets, trying to find value for the upcoming season.

Among the most popular preseason wagers is MVP futures, but with many betting options available for both the American League and National League, it’s easy for bettors to get lost. To help separate the contenders from the pretenders, or the serious from the delirious, here’s my analysis of the favorites along with my dark horse picks:

American League Favorites:

Mike Trout (+125): There’s not a whole lot of profit to be made by placing a bet on Trout here, but sportsbooks know what they’re doing and don’t want to leave themselves exposed. Trout has won the award in two of the last three seasons and has shown no signs of slowing down. While he failed to reach 30 home runs last season, he posted his highest batting average and stolen base total since 2013, while also improving his plate discipline, boosting his walk total to a career-high 116. Trout is the most complete player in the game and durability has never been a concern. The value isn’t there, but this is a wager bettors should be confident in.

Josh Donaldson (+650): 2015’s MVP had another elite season in 2016, but he saw a drop in almost every major offensive stat except for on-base percentage and walks. There’s some red flags to consider if you think Donaldson will be the AL’s top player this season. First and foremost is health, as a calf injury has limited his availability in spring training, which could lead to a slow start. The second consideration would be a further dip in his stats with the strong possibility that the Blue Jays offense is in decline with Enwin Encarnacion’s 100+ RBIs and 35+ home runs now in Cleveland. Expect another strong season from the Blue Jays third basemen, just not an MVP campaign.

Manny Machado (+650): Coming off the best season of his career in 2016, Mr. Macho (people call him that, right?) has established himself as one of the game’s top talents. His batting average has risen in three straight seasons with 2016’s .294 mark being a career high. Oddly, he didn’t steal one base in 2016 after swiping 20 in 2015, but hitting in the heart of one of baseball’s most potent lineups should provide him with enough support to continue to boost his production in other areas. At 24 years old, Machado will only get better and will be in the MVP conversation at the end of the season.

National League Favorites:

Kris Bryant (+225): The reigning NL MVP makes a strong case for a MVP futures wager entering his third full season in the bigs. The 25-year-old is attempting to be the first player since Albert Pujols in 2008 and 2009 to win back-to-back NL MVP awards and appears poised for another year of improvement. Bryant saw his batting average climb 17 points from his rookie to sophomore year and boosted his home run total by 13. Playing on the best team in baseball only helps his cause, and similar to the Trout bet in the AL, it’s not great value, but bettors should be confident that Bryant continues to up his production in 2017, which would logically lead to another MVP award.

Bryce Harper (+300): Harper saw his numbers drop dramatically in 2016 after his breakout 2015 MVP season and flat out isn’t worth a bet at +300. His batting average dropped to a dismal .243 after hitting .330 in 2015, while his home run total was almost cut in half, dropping from 42 to 24. After opening 2016 with a bang, hitting nine home runs in April, he failed to eclipse four in any other month and had three separate months where he hit .203 or less. Harper has been a headline stealer throughout his career and not always for the right reasons. Due to his inconsistencies and awful value, bettors should move along.

Corey Seager (+800): At just 22 years old, Seager offered plenty of evidence in his 2016 Rookie of the Year season that he deserves to be in the MVP discussion. It’s a small sample size, but he appears to be on a similar trajectory as Bryant — perhaps even a better one. Both players hit 26 home runs in their rookie seasons, but the Dodgers shortstop had a higher average, OPS, more hits, more runs and less strikeouts. Many will dismiss him due to his age, but that didn’t hurt Mike Trout when he won the award as a 23-year-old in 2014.

Dark Horse Picks:

Robinson Cano (+2500): Halfway down the AL oddsboard is the Mariners second baseman, who’s coming off the best power-hitting season in his career where he clubbed 39 home runs. Likely to hit ahead of fellow sluggers Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, Cano should see lots of hittable pitches and have plenty of opportunities to go yard. We must also consider that politics are at play with writer votes determining MVP results. Cano is well liked and another big year makes for a nice story as he reaches the end of his prime.

Giancarlo Stanton (+4000): This selection is all about value as Stanton has been unable to reach his immense potential the past few seasons due to injuries. He hasn’t played in 150 or more games since 2011, but when in the lineup, he absolutely rakes. In 119 games last season he hit 27 home run with 74 RBIs. Using a per game average, that works out to around 37 home runs and 101 RBIs over a 162-game schedule. The season before, he played in just 74 games and his per game averages would have worked out to 59 home runs and 147 RBIs over 162 games. The bottom line is that Stanton is one of the game’s premier hitters, but he can’t stay healthy. It’s possible that he’s just entering his prime, though, and I’d be willing to bet he won’t suffer long-term injuries in every season in his career. Roll the dice. This risk is worth the reward.

American League MVP odds

Odds as of March 27 at BetOnline

  • Mike Trout (LAA) +125   
  • Josh Donaldson (TOR) +650   
  • Manny Machado (BAL) +650   
  • Mookie Betts (BOS) +750   
  • Carlos Correa (HOU) +1000   
  • Jose Altuve (HOU) +1200  
  • Francisco Lindor (CLE) +1600  
  • Miguel Cabrera (DET) +1600  
  • Gary Sanchez (NYY)  +2500  
  • Robinson Cano (SEA) +2500  
  • Kyle Seager (SEA) +4000  
  • George Springer (HOU) +4000  
  • Adrian Beltre (TEX) +4000  
  • Xander Bogaerts (BOS) +6600  
  • Evan Longoria (TB) +6600  
  • Brian Dozier (MIN) +6600  
  • Any Pitcher (AL) +2500  
  • Edwin Encarnacion (CLE) +5000  
  • Nelson Cruz (SEA) +5000  
  • Chris Davis (BAL) +6600  
  • Jose Bautista (TOR) +6600
national League MVP odds

Odds as of March 27 at BetOnline

  • Kris Bryant (CHC) +225   
  • Bryce Harper (WSH) +300   
  • Corey Seager (LAD) +800   
  • Nolan Arenado (COL) +1000  
  • Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) +1400  
  • Christian Yelich (MIA) +4000  
  • Anthony Rizzo (CHC) +1200  
  • Joey Votto (CIN) +1600  
  • Any Pitcher (NL) +1200  
  • Buster Posey (SF) +1600  
  • Anthony Rendon (WSH) +4000  
  • Justin Turner (LAD) +2500  
  • Freddie Freeman (ATL)  +2500  
  • Trea Turner (WSH)  +2500  
  • Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)  +2000  
  • Daniel Murphy (WSH) +2500  
  • Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)  +4000  
  • Matt Carpenter (STL) +6600  
  • Yasiel Puig (LAD)  +6600  
  • Andrew McCutchen (PIT) +2500  
  • Starling Marte (PIT)  +6600  

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Playoff baseball is almost here and that means you are running out of time to get your NL and AL MVP bets in. With just a month left on the MLB schedule, there is still some lingering value on the board.

National League MVP Candidates

Kris Bryant (-300) once again tops the list on Bovada as he led the pack at the time of our last update. The Cubs’ slugging third baseman is just 24 years old yet is already one of the best all-around players in the game. He leads the NL in Wins Above Replacement (6.99) as he’s been doing it with his bat (.307, 36 home runs) and with his glove (11 errors).

Oddsmakers don’t think much of the other competitors on the list as they’ve pegged the second favorite, Daniel Murphy, with +300 odds to take NL MVP honors. Murphy is hitting a ridiculous .341 average to go along with 25 home runs. The Nats’ second baseman currently sits 50th in league WAR so it’s difficult to see him overtaking Bryant in the final month of the season.

Nolan Arenado currently sits third on this list despite having offensive numbers similar to Bryant’s. Hitters who play half their games at Coors Field tend to get a little less respect for the numbers they put up but when you look at Arenado’s fielding percentage (.980), +600 seems like a steal. I, however, cannot see the Baseball Writers of America going with anyone other than Bryant in this one.

National League MVP odds

Odds as of September 1 at Bovada

  • Kris Bryant (CHC) -300
  • Daniel Murphy (WAS) +300
  • Nolan Arenado (COL) +600
  • Anthony Rizzo (CHC) +2000

American League MVP Candidates

Jose Altuve continues his outrageous season that has seen him hit his way to a .351 average and .411 on-base percentage. The Venezuelan’s average has dipped a little in recent weeks, possibly opening the door for players below him on the list. That seems unlikely, though, as the 26-year old second baseman currently sits as the -150 favorite on Bovada

Josh Donaldson is the most likely candidate to upset Altuve. The Blue Jays' third baseman is producing numbers almost identical to the ones he posted during his 2015 MVP campaign and is playing for a Jays’ team that is finding more success in the standings than Altuve or Mike Trout’s respective teams. Donaldson edged out Trout last season with many saying the determining factor was team success as the Blue Jays made the playoffs and the Angels did not.

Speaking of Trout, he is tied with Donaldson at +500 odds to win the award but is playing for an Angels’ team that has been hosting a basement rager with the Athletics all season long. Trout is widely regarded as the best player in baseball – it’s just too bad for him that he plays for such an awful team. He currently leads the majors in WAR and has an outlandish .436 on-base percentage. If Trout was playing for a team even close to being in contention, he would be head and shoulders above the rest of the candidates.

American League MVP odds

Odds as of September 1 at Bovada

  • Jose Altuve (HOU) -150
  • Mike Trout (LAA) +500
  • Josh Donaldson (TOR) +500
  • Mookie Betts (BOS) +500
  • Manny Machado (BAL) +1000
  • Robinson Cano (SEA) +1600
  • David Ortiz (BOS) +1600

Archived Articles

We’ve made the turn down the home stretch of the MLB season and the herd of MVP candidates in each league is thinning. Check out the lists below before you make your MVP prop wagers.

National League MVP Odds

Kris Bryant remains on top of the NL MVP odds list on Bovada as he continues to chug along for a Cubs team that, in the eyes of the public, can do no wrong. +120 seems like a steep price for a guy hitting .282 with 26 home runs but when you compare him to the rest of the list, Bryant is having the most consistent season offensively and leads the NL in wins above replacement (WAR).

The Nationals' Daniel Murphy has moved into second place on the odds list as he just continues to hit. Murphy now owns a .356 batting average to go along with his 20 home runs and 79 ribbies. The former Met is one of only a couple of guys in the Nats’ lineup who has hit on a consistent basis and if Bryce Harper starts heating up, this offense could put up some mind-blowing numbers.

Clayton Kershaw has been replaced on this list by his rookie teammate Corey Seager. The Dodgers’ shortstop is the front-runner to earn NL Rookie of the Year after putting together an excellent season so far on both offense and defense. At +900 though, I find little value in choosing Seager to become the third ever rookie to be named MVP.

National League MVP Odds

Odds as of August 3 at Bovada

  • Kris Bryant (CHC) +120
  • Daniel Murphy (WAS) +250
  • Anthony Rizzo (CHC) +450
  • Corey Seager (LAD) +900
  • Nolan Arenado (COL) +1000
  • Bryce Harper (WAS) +1200

American League MVP Odds

Jose Altuve has separated himself from both Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout at the top of the AL MVP odds list as he continues to mash the baseball at an unprecedented level in today’s game. Altuve’s batting average now sits at a ridiculous .360 – 48 points higher than his career mark. He has also pounded 19 home runs, an incredible number for a man of Altuve’s 5’6” stature.

Josh Donaldson, the defending AL MVP, continues to rack up numbers with the Blue Jays and currently sits third in WAR. The third basemen set a historic pace prior to the all-star break and will need to continue that trend if he has any hope of repeating as MVP. I do, however, love his odds at the 5/1 number offered by Bovada.

Although he leads the league in WAR Trout’s offense has cooled significantly and he will have to have a ridiculous hot streak to regain ground in the MVP race. Playing for the bottom-feeding LA Angels does not help the center fielder’s odds as team success seemed to be what pushed Donaldson ahead of Trout in last year’s AL MVP race.

The Red Sox still have three players with their hats in the ring with the young Mookie Betts having the best odds to take home the hardware at +900. David Ortiz and Xander Bogaerts both trail Betts at +1000 but all three are well behind the lead pack of Altuve, Trout and Donaldson.

American League MVP odds

Odds as of August 3 at Bovada

  • Jose Altuve (HOU) +150
  • Mike Trout (LAA) +300
  • Josh Donaldson (TOR) +500
  • Manny Machado (BAL) +700
  • Mookie Betts (BOS) +900
  • Robinson Cano (SEA) +1000
  • David Ortiz (BOS) +1000
  • Xander Bogaerts (BOS) +1000

Archived Articles

The MLB All-Stars showcased their skills at the 87th Midsummer Classic while bookmakers set the lines on who they think will come away with the Most Valuable Player hardware at the season's end. OddsShark has broken down the odds list to try and provide you some possible value.

National League MVP Odds

Kris Bryant has emerged as the front-runner in the NL MVP race after a splendid first half that saw him bang 25 home runs and bat in 65 rib eyes. The future is looking bright for the 24-year-old phenom coming off his unanimous 2015 NL Rookie of the Year award and is currently +275 on Bovada to be crowned most valuable this year.

To put in perspective what an accomplishment that would be -- only four players, Fred Lynn, Cal Ripken Jr., Dustin Pedroia and Ryan Howard, have ever won Rookie of the Year and gone on to win MVP the next season.

The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado trails close behind Bryant at +300 after he blasted 23 home runs in the first half. It’s hard to see the Colorado third baseman receiving the award for Most Valuable Player while playing for a team that is looking like it will yet again miss the playoffs.

For my money, Clayton Kershaw is the best value at +500. His dominance, while he’s been healthy this year, has been impressive. The lefty is 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA and has issued just nine walks – nine. He is pretty close to a lock to win the NL Cy Young and I think he’s worth a wager to win his second career MVP.

Odds as of July 13 at Bovada

  • Kris Bryant (CHC) +275
  • Nolan Arenado (COL) +300
  • Bryce Harper (WAS) +450
  • Clayton Kershaw (LAD) +500
  • Anthony Rizzo (CHC) +500
  • Daniel Murphy (WAS) +900
  • Yoenis Cespedes (NYM) +2500
  • Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) +2500
  • Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) +3300

American League MVP Odds

Mike Trout and Josh Donaldson currently sit first and second in league WAR (Wins Above Replacement) and have been without a doubt the most valuable players for their respective teams.

Donaldson climbed from +1200 to +375 in the MVP odds after a spectacular June that put him in a historic group for production before the all-star break. His combination of over 20 home runs and 80 runs scored before the Midsummer Classic has only been achieved by five other players in MLB history. those players? Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Reggie Jackson, Frank Thomas and Alex Rodriguez.

Trout is chugging along at his ridiculous pace that by now has become expected. He is hitting .322 with 18 home runs, 58 runs batted in and has 15 stolen bases. Combine those stats with his incredible centerfield play that has seen him commit only four errors and contribute five outfield assists – you come out with a pretty good ballplayer.

If you look beyond the two front-runners, among the other various competitors, you will find four Red Sox players. Boston has been getting contributions from everyone but I think the most value lies in the +1600 line of Mookie Betts. He set some insane paces for runs scored in the first half and is the beneficiary of one of the best offenses in baseball.

Odds as of July 13 at Bovada

  • Mike Trout (LAA) +350
  • Josh Donaldson (TOR) +375
  • Jose Altuve (HOU) +500
  • Manny Machado (BAL) +550
  • Robinson Cano (SEA) +600
  • David Ortiz (BOS) +600
  • Mookie Betts (BOS) +1200
  • Xander Bogaerts (BOS) +1600
  • Miguel Cabrera (DET) +2500
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS) +2500
  • Nelson Cruz (SEA) +2500

Archived Articles

Two months into the MLB season and we are starting to see the real MVP candidates separating themselves from the rest of the field. The National League MVP race features an ace and the best hitter in baseball. The American League MVP race looks as if it may be a two horse race between two of the best youngsters in the game.

National League MVP Odds

Only one pitcher has won the NL MVP since Bob Gibson won the award in 1968 – that was Clayton Kershaw. The dominant left-hander is the favorite to win the award for a second time in three seasons after he has practically guaranteed a win for the Los Angeles Dodgers every fifth day. As of June 1, Kershaw has a 1.56 ERA with a ridiculous 0.65 WHIP.

Close behind Kershaw is Daniel Murphy. The second baseman quashed any questions that his production in last season’s postseason was an anomaly, as Murphy is hitting .397 with an on-base percentage of .428 as of June 1.

Odds as of June 1 at Bovada

  • Clayton Kershaw (LAD) +300
  • Daniel Murphy (WAS) +350
  • Bryce Harper (WAS) +550
  • Nolan Arenado (COL) +900
  • Yoenis Cespedes (NYM) +900
  • Ben Zobrist (CHC) +900
  • Stephen Piscotty (STL) +900
  • Kris Bryant (CHC) +900
  • Ryan Braun (MIL) +1400
  • Sterling Marte (PIT) +1200
  • Anthony Rizzo (CHC) +3300
  • Gregory Polanco (PIT) +3300

American League MVP Odds

Manny Machado and Mike Trout continue to battle it out atop the board for the favorite to win the AL MVP.

Machado has been fantastic with a .317 batting average and a .389 on-base percentage while leading the Baltimore Orioles in hits, doubles and WAR – Machado actually leads all hitters in WAR. If we are talking about most important player to their specific team, it is hard to argue with Machado.

Trout is second in WAR for all batters in baseball with the exciting centerfielder averaging .318 at the plate and posting a .419 OBP. Much like Machado for the Orioles, Trout leads the Los Angeles Angels in most major statistical categories at the plate.

Odds as of June 1 at Bovada

  • Manny Machado (BAL) +300
  • Mike Trout (LAA) +300
  • Robinson Cano (SEA) +700
  • Jose Altuve (HOU) +900
  • Xander Bogaerts (BOS) +900
  • Miguel Cabrera (DET) +1000
  • Josh Donaldson (TOR) +1200
  • David Ortiz (BOS) +1200
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS) +1200
  • Nelson Cruz (SEA) +1200
  • Eric Hosmer (KC) +1800
  • Nomar Mazara (TEX) +1800

Archived Articles

Though we are only one month into the MLB season, the MVP race is looking much different than Opening Day. The National League MVP odds features a surprising rookie, an unexpected veteran and one of the unsung superstars of the sports. The American League MVP odds are a little more predictable, but Mike Trout has seen his lead disappear.

National League MVP Odds

Aledmys Diaz entered the season largely unknown to the general public, but an amazing month has seen him go from nobody to +1200 to win the NL MVP favorite at Bovada. After the first 30 days of play, Diaz is second in the NL in batting average and first in slugging percentage, not to mention his .923 fielding percentage.

Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado is currently in second only behind Bryce Harper. Arenado leads the NL in home runs and RBIs while striking out just 10 times in 100 plate apperances.

Dexter Fowler is also in the running with a slashline of .357/.476/.619 while posting a perfect fielding percentage so far. Fowler is also playing a key role on the best team in the league thanks to his consistent bat atop the Chicago Cubs lineup.

Odds as of May 4 at Bovada

  • Bryce Harper (WAS) +400
  • Nolan Arenado (COL) +500
  • Ryan Braun (MIL) +800
  • Yoenis Cespedes (NYM) +900
  • Carlos Gonzalez (COL) +900
  • Daniel Murphy (WSH) +900
  • Aledmys Diaz (STL) +1200
  • Dexter Fowler (CHC) +1200
  • Neil Walker (PIT) +1200
  • Anthony Rizzo (CHC) +1200
  • Andrew McCutchen (PIT) +1200
  • Paul Goldschmidt (ARZ) +1200
  • Kris Bryant (CHC) +1600
  • Michael Conforto (NYM) +2000

American League MVP Odds

The AL MVP race is filled with the expected names after athe first month. Manny Machado sits atop the odds, but Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout are close behind.

Machado is first in hits second in batting average and third in home runs in the AL. It will be notable to keep a track on how he does against the Toronto Blue Jays, as those games will be immediate comparisons between him and Josh Donaldson.

Donaldson has brought his bat this season, as the 3B leads the AL in home runs while sitting in the top 10 in extra base hits and RBIs.

Odds as of May 4 at Bovada

  • Manny Machado (BAL) +375
  • Josh Donaldson (TOR) +400
  • Mike Trout (LAA) +400
  • Nick Castellanos (DET) +900
  • Victor Martinez (DET) +900
  • Mark Trumbo (BAL) +1000
  • Logan Forsythe (TB) +1200
  • Jose Altuve (HOU) +1200
  • Eric Hosmer (KC) +1200
  • Robinson Cano (SEA) +1200
  • Chris Davis (BAL) +1800
  • David Ortiz (BOS) +2500

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Last season, Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals took home MVP honors in the American League and National League respectively. Both of those stars entered the season at 16/1 to win the 2015 award so perhaps looking a bit further down the board in MVP futures is beneficial.

Online shop BetOnline has introduced their 2016 American League and National League MVP odds and while the names at the top of the board won’t surprise anyone, there is value all over the place – especially considering the value Donaldson and Harper presented entering 2015.

American League MVP Odds

There is no doubt that Mike Trout is the best player in the game and his +150 price as the favorite in the American League MVP race is absolutely warranted. He took home the award in 2014 and had a great case to win his second last season. It was not to be, however, as Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays slugged his way to the award as his club tore it up in the second half.

Donaldson, currently available at +450 to repeat as MVP, entered the 2015 season at 16/1 to win the AL MVP award but went on to hit 41 homers, drive in 123 runs and hit .297 as the No. 2 hitter in a loaded lineup that has not changed much from its playoff team last year.

Although Miguel Cabrera repeated as MVP in 2012 and 2013, repeating the feat has been rare in the American League. Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox was the last to win back-to-back honors in 1993 and 1994.

One player a little bit further down the board that you should keep an eye on is Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros. The sweet-swingin' shortstop had an impressive debut season with the playoff-bound Astros, swatting 22 home runs and putting up a 3.3 WAR in 99 games (432 plate appearances) in his rookie season and turns just 22 in September.

For a longer shot on the futures board, how about Todd Frazier? Much like last season’s MVP, Frazier will be plying his trade for a new team – the Chicago White Sox. The change of scenery benefitted Donaldson, so perhaps Frazier will be next in line to lead his new club. He hit 35 home runs and drove in 89 runs last season but does now move to U.S. Cellular Field. There were 183 home runs hit at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati compared to 156 at U.S. Cellular last season, so there is that nugget going against him.

Odds as of March 23 at BetOnline

  • Mike Trout (LAA) +150
  • Josh Donaldson (TOR) +450
  • Manny Machado (BAL) +550
  • Miguel Cabrera (DET) +800
  • Mookie Betts (BOS) +900
  • Carlos Correa (HOU) +1400
  • Jose Bautista (TOR) +2500
  • Lorenzo Cain (KC) +2500
  • Jose Altuve (HOU) +2500
  • Jose Abreu (CWS) +2500
  • Justin Upton (DET) +3300
  • Chris Davis (BAL) +3300
  • Adrian Beltre (TEX) +3300
  • J.D. Martinez (DET) +3300
  • Todd Frazier (CWS) +4000
  • Robinson Cano (SEA) +4000
  • Alex Gordon (KC) +5000
  • Nelson Cruz (SEA) +5000
  • Edwin Encarnacion (TOR) +5000

National League MVP Odds

Young superstar Bryce Harper finally had his breakthrough season in 2015, belting 42 homers and driving in 99 runs while putting up a .330/.460/.649 triple slash that had baseball stat guys drooling. Also, he was just 22 years old.

How will he top that in 2016?

Well, if he were to win the MVP again, and he’s currently tabbed as the +200 favorite in the NL, he’d be the first player in the Senior Circuit to win back-to-back awards since Albert Pujols in 2008 and 2009. The Nationals are certainly not the sexy pick that they were just a season or two ago and their lineup looks anemic on paper. Anthony Rendon (+5000) was injured for most of 2015 but when he played, he did not put up the numbers many anticipated.

The lineup does not boast the ferocity of, say, the Chicago Cubs, but no matter who you have hitting around Harper, he will always strike fear into those 60 feet, six inches away.

As mentioned earlier, Harper was 16/1 to win the MVP heading into the regular season, so maybe that’s a magic number when it comes to MVP odds. There’s nobody currently at that exact price in the NL, but one player in that range that many are talking about to win the award is Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs.

Rizzo, currently sitting at +1200, will be hitting in the middle of the NL’s best lineup and is coming off a season where he hit 31 homers and drove in 101 runs. The guy posted his best OBP (.387) and had his most runs scored (94) and RBI to date. He may be one of the more senior members of the young Cubs lineup, but he is entering just his age-26 season. The guy is improving every year and 2016 is probably not going to be any different.

The Arizona Diamondbacks brought in Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller to give the starting rotation a much needed facelift, so the possibility of a big season from the Snakes is not out of the realm of possibility in the NL West. If they are to make some noise, then A.J. Pollock will be a big contributor offensively.

Pollock did a little bit of everything in 2015 and finished fourth in the National League with a 6.6 WAR. He hits (.315), can slug a little bit (20 HR) and runs (39 SB) and has a very, very good glove in center field. He finished 14th in NL MVP voting last year, but expect more big things from him as he forms a formidable 1-2 punch with fellow candidate Paul Godlschmidt.

Odds as of March 8 at BetOnline

  • Bryce Harper (WSH) +200
  • Andrew McCutchen (PIT) +500
  • Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) +500
  • Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) +650
  • Kris Bryant (CHC) +900
  • Buster Posey (SC) +1200
  • Anthony Rizzo (CHC) +1200
  • Joey Votto (CIN) +2000
  • Yoenis Cespedes (NYM) +2000
  • Nolan Arenado (COL) +2000
  • Jason Heyward (CHC) +3300
  • Yasiel Puig (LAD) +4000
  • A.J. Pollock (ARI) +4000
  • Starling Marte (PIT) +4000
  • Anthony Rendon (WSH) +5000
  • Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) +5000

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The Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson has passed the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout on the updated odds to win the 2015 AL Most Valuable Player award at the online sportsbooks.

Back in early July Trout was the clear leader on the AL MVP odds at the sportsbook at 1/1, with Donaldson fifth on the list at 9/1. Entering the month of September, however, it's now Donaldson as the 1/5 leader with Trout the 3/1 second-favorite on the list.

Donaldson has led the Blue Jays into first place in the AL East this summer, hitting .301 with 36 home runs, 108 RBI, and 102 runs scored. Trout is hitting .296 with 33 home runs, 74 RBI, and 83 runs scored for an Angels team struggling to stay in the Wild Card chase.

The Washington Nationals are having a hard time keeping pace in the National League playoff race, but Bryce Harper is still the 1/4 favorite on the NL MVP odds at Bovada; Harper is hitting .333 on the season with 31 home runs, 78 RBI, and 92 runs scored.

The Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt (7/2), the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (10/1), and the San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey (25/1) all trail Harper on that betting prop at the sportsbook with four weeks left in the regular season.

2015 AL Most Valuable Player

Odds as of September 2 at Bovada

  • Josh Donaldson 1/5
  • Mike Trout 3/1
2015 NL Most Valuable Player

Odds as of September 2 at Bovada

  • Bryce Harper 1/4
  • Paul Goldschmidt 7/2
  • Andrew McCutchen 10/1
  • Buster Posey 25/1

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Heading into the summer outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels is the clear favorite on the odds to win the 2015 American League Most Valuable Player award at the online sportsbooks for the second season in a row.

At Bovada Trout is sitting as the 1/1 favorite on the 2015 AL MVP odds, with the outfielder entering the month of July with 21 home runs, 44 RBI, and a .303 batting average. Trout won the first MVP of his career last season, breaking a two-year run on the award by the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera.

And Cabrera is back among the favorites on the AL MVP betting lines at Bovada again for this season, as he sits at 9/2 odds at the sportsbook - behind only Trout and the Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis (4/1). Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles is at 8/1 odds.

Over in the National League the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper is the 4/5 favorite on the 2015 NL MVP odds at Bovada, with Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7/2, and Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds rounding out the top of that odds list at 6/1.

2015 AL Most Valuable Player

Odds as of July 2 at Bovada

  • Mike Trout 1/1
  • Jason Kipnis 4/1
  • Miguel Cabrera 9/2
  • Manny Machado 8/1
  • Josh Donaldson 9/1
  • Nelson Cruz 16/1
  • Prince Fielder 16/1
2015 NL Most Valuable Player

Odds as of July 2 at Bovada

  • Bryce Harper 4/5
  • Paul Goldschmidt 7/2
  • Todd Frazier 6/1
  • Anthony Rizzo 12/1
  • Buster Posey 12/1
  • Adrian Gonzalez 20/1
  • Giancarlo Stanton 20/1
  • Nolan Arenado 20/1
  • Andrew McCutchen 33/1

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Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels remains the favorite on the odds to win the American League MVP award at the online sportsbooks early in the month of May, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera now second on that odds list.

Trout is the 9/5 favorite at Bovada on the odds to win the AL MVP award this season, after he opened the year as the 1/1 favorite on those betting lines. Cabrera sits second at 7/2 on those MLB props, while the Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz has moved up to third on the list at 9/2 odds.

Over in the National League it's Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks that now sits as the favorite to win the MVP award at Bovada, with former chalk Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins having dropped on the list.

Goldschmidt is now the 3/1 favorite on the NL MVP award odds, with Adrian Gonzalez at 7/2, Joey Votto at 11/2, and Dee Gordon at 6/1. Stanton, who was the 4/1 favorite on the MLB prop wager to open the season, is now back at 9/1 odds along with Matt Carpenter.

Odds to Win 2015 AL MVP at Bovada
  • Mike Trout 9/5
  • Miguel Cabrera 7/2
  • Nelson Cruz 9/2
  • Adam Jones 7/1
  • Eric Hosmer 12/1
  • Jacoby Ellsbury 16/1
  • Jose Abreu 16/1
  • Josh Donaldson 16/1
  • Lorenzo Cain 16/1
  • Stephen Vogt 16/1
  • Hanley Ramirez 25/1
Odds to Win 2015 NL MVP at Bovada
  • Paul Goldschmidt 3/1
  • Adrian Gonzalez 7/2
  • Joey Votto 11/2
  • Dee Gordon 6/1
  • Giancarlo Stanton 9/1
  • Matt Carpenter 9/1
  • Andrew McCutchen 10/1
  • Anthony Rizzo 10/1
  • Freddie Freeman 20/1
  • Justin Upton 20/1

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Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won the American League MVP award last season, and the 23-year-old outfielder figures to be the favorite to not only win it again this season at 1/1 odds at the sportsbooks as of early April but also for many years to come.

Trout actually hit a career-low .287 in 2014 but had a career-high 36 home runs and 111 RBI to stop Detroit's Miguel Cabrera from winning his third consecutive AL MVP award. Cabrera is at 7/1 at Bovada to win his third AL MVP award this season.

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will be playing in only his second MLB season after coming over from Cuba a year ago, and he is the 4/1 second choice at Bovada to win the AL MVP while also sitting as the 15/2 favorite to hit the most home runs in baseball. Last season Abreu hit .317 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI to win AL Rookie of the Year honors.

In the National League, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will likely have a tough time repeating as MVP at 7/1 odds at Bovada. Last season Kershaw became the first NL pitcher to win the MVP award since Bob Gibson with the Cardinals in 1968, but he could not beat Gibson’s former team in the playoffs for the second straight year with the Dodgers bowing out in the NL Division Series.

The favorite to win NL MVP at Bovada is also the second choice to hit the most home runs behind Abreu, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, who inked a gargantuan 13-year deal worth a record $325 million to stay with the team. Stanton is at 4/1 to win NL MVP in 2015 and he hit .288 with 37 homers and 105 RBI last season.

Stanton's biggest challenge will be getting his Marlins to finish over the .500 mark following five straight losing years.

Following is a list of players challenging for the MVP in each league and their odds to win the award at Bovada . . .

Odds to Win 2015 AL MVP at Bovada
  • Mike Trout 1/1
  • Jose Abreu 4/1
  • Miguel Cabrera 7/1
  • Robinson Cano 7/1
  • Josh Donaldson 16/1
  • Michael Brantley 16/1
  • Adam Jones 25/1
  • Adrian Beltre 25/1
  • Hanley Ramirez 25/1
  • Jose Bautista 25/1
  • Victor Martinez 25/1
  • Jacoby Ellsbury 33/1
  • David Ortiz 50/1
  • Alex Rodriguez 100/1
Odds to Win 2015 NL MVP at Bovada
  • Giancarlo Stanton 4/1
  • Andrew McCutchen 11/2
  • Jonathan Lucroy 6/1
  • Clayton Kershaw 7/1
  • Paul Goldschmidt 15/2
  • Troy Tulowitzki 10/1
  • Yasiel Puig 10/1
  • Bryce Harper 16/1
  • Joey Votto 16/1
  • Adrian Gonzalez 20/1
  • Anthony Rendon 20/1
  • Anthony Rizzo 20/1
  • Buster Posey 20/1
  • Jason Heyward 20/1
  • Matt Kemp 20/1

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