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Cubs Steady Atop World Series Odds

With the best record in baseball the Chicago Cubs remain the clear favorites atop the odds to win the World Series heading into the summer at online sportsbook Bovada.

The Cubs, with a dominant record at Wrigley Field and the biggest division lead in all of baseball, sit at +325 on the updated 2016 World Series odds, up slightly from their line of +350 on those futures at the end of May.

That has Chicago well ahead of the pack at Bovada, with the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants both at +800, and the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers the top selections out of the American League at +900.

After that top five there's a drop on the World Series odds to the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays at +1400. New York finds itself trailing the Nationals in the NL East standings, while Toronto finds itself in a three-way dogfight for top spot in the AL East standings with the Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles were well behind at +4000 on the odds to win the World Series heading into April, but have been on a steady climb on that futures list as they've hung around the top spot in the AL East. Baltimore is now up to +1800, just a step behind the +1600 Cleveland Indians.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have slipped from +1200 on the World Series odds at the start of the season to +2000 as they languish around the .500 mark and trail the rival Giants in the NL West standings. The defending-champion Kansas City Royals are set at +2200.

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Here’s the complete list of odds:

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+325
Washington Nationals+800
San Francisco Giants+800
Boston Red Sox+900
Texas Rangers+900
New York Mets+1400
Toronto Blue Jays+1400
Cleveland Indians+1600
Baltimore Orioles+1800
Los Angeles Dodgers+2000
Seattle Mariners+2000
Kansas City Royals+2200
Detroit Tigers+2500
St. Louis Cardinals+2500
Chicago White Sox+4000
Pittsburgh Pirates+4000
New York Yankees+4000
Houston Astros+4000
Miami Marlins+5000
Los Angeles Angels+7500
Tampa Bay Rays+7500
Colorado Rockies+7500
Arizona Diamondbacks+10000
Oakland Athletics+25000
Philadelphia Phillies+25000
San Diego Padres+50000
Milwaukee Brewers+50000
Minnesota Twins+100000
Cincinnati Reds+200000
Atlanta Braves+200000

Odds as of June 17 at Bovada

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After opening the season in the bottom third of the league at +4000 in World Series futures odds, the Seattle Mariners have crept into the top seven with their odds to go all the way currently sitting at +1600.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Mariners listed as the third-best team in the American League, trailing the Red Sox (+900) and Rangers (+1200). Despite a disappointing 10-14 home record, Seattle is an MLB best 18-7 on the road — the only remaining AL team with single-digit road losses so far.

The Mariners’ current run differential of +47 is fourth-best in baseball. A big part of the team’s success is the resurgence of second baseman Robinson Cano who didn’t live up to expectation in the second year of his mega contract with the M’s. Cano is currently tied for the league lead in home runs and is second in RBI’s. After hitting just two combined home runs in April and May last season, his return to form is a very welcomed sight to the Mariners after they inked him to a 10-year, $240-million deal prior to the 2014 season.

One team moving in the wrong direction is the Chicago White Sox who’ve dropped from third on the list at +1100, all the way down to +2000. After a hot start (see archived article directly below), the White Sox still remain above .500 despite going 4-14 over their last 18 games. The main culprit for the drop-off has been pitching, as the team ERA jumped from 2.72 in April all the way up to 4.37 in May.

The Chicago Cubs and their league-best .708 win percentage remain atop the odds list at +350. One thing to note about the Cubs — Over the last 30 years, it's only happened six times that the team with the best regular season record went on to win the World Series. Only one of those teams was a National League club. Read more about that here.

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Here’s the complete list of odds:

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+350
Boston Red Sox+900
San Francisco Giants+900
Washington Nationals+1100
New York Mets+1100
Texas Rangers+1200
Seattle Mariners+1600
Los Angeles Dodgers+1600
Toronto Blue Jays+1800
Kansas City Royals+1800
Chicago White Sox+2000
Baltimore Orioles+2000
Cleveland Indians+2200
Pittsburgh Pirates+2500
Detroit Tigers+2500
St. Louis Cardinals+3300
New York Yankees+3300
Houston Astros+4000
Arizona Diamondbacks+5000
Los Angeles Angels+5000
Tampa Bay Rays+6600
Miami Marlins+6600
Philadelphia Phillies+6600
Colorado Rockies+6600
Oakland Athletics+10000
San Diego Padres+25000
Minnesota Twins+50000
Milwaukee Brewers+50000
Cincinnati Reds+100000
Atlanta Braves+100000

Odds as of May 30 at Bovada

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With teams passing the 30 game mark of the season, we’re starting to see who’s made progress since the end of last season, who’s gotten worse and who’s pretty much stayed the same. While the Cubs are who we thought they were as they remain atop the World Series Futures odds list at +375, a few teams have seen significant shifts in their odds.

The two teams that stand out the most are the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals. The Chi Sox entered the season at +3300 and have made a major leap all the way up to +1100 at online shop Bovada. They currently have the best record in the American League and are the only team in the AL with double-digit wins at home and on the road. They’ve been led by an AL best team ERA, while putting together four sweeps, including two on the road. Heading into the season we picked the White Sox (see archived articles below) as one of our top value bets. We’ll see if they can keep it up.

Over in the National League, the Washington Nationals are finally playing to their ability and they’ve jumped from +1800 at the start of the season, all the way up to second on the odds list at +1000.  The Nats came out of the gate on fire, winning eight of their first nine games and have lost just two series so far this season. It might be best to temper your expectations with this team until they take on some stiffer competition though, as 11 of their 20 wins have come against the Braves, Phillies and Twins. It also doesn't help that they had it handed to them by the Cubs, in the form of a four games to none sweep.

Other big movers include:

Seattle Mariners: +4000 to +1800

San Francisco Giants: +800 to +1400

Houston Astros: +1600 to +3300

Baltimore Orioles +4000 to +2500

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Here’s the complete list of odds:

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+375
Washington Nationals+1000
Chicago White Sox+1100
New York Mets+1100
Boston Red Sox+1200
Toronto Blue Jays+1400
San Francisco Giants+1400
Los Angeles Dodgers+1400
Kansas City Royals+1600
Seattle Mariners+1800
St. Louis Cardinals+2200
Texas Rangers+2200
Pittsburgh Pirates+2500
Baltimore Orioles+2500
Houston Astros+3300
Arizona Diamondbacks+3300
Cleveland Indians+3300
Los Angeles Angels+4000
Detroit Tigers+3300
New York Yankees+4000
Tampa Bay Rays+4000
Oakland Athletics+5000
Miami Marlins+5000
Philadelphia Phillies+6600
Colorado Rockies+6600
Minnesota Twins+15000
Cincinnati Reds+15000
San Diego Padres+15000
Milwaukee Brewers+20000
Atlanta Braves+50000

Odds as of May 10 at Bovada

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The Chicago Cubs have been the overwhelming favorite to win the World Series for the majority of the offseason as the team got significantly better than they were in the fall thanks to some big free agent acquisitions. Any type of value on a World Series futures bet on the Cubbies is long gone though. The retooled Cubs, along with a few other teams have seen significant shifts in their odds since the end of the 2015 season.

With opening day just days away, here’s Major League Baseball’s biggest offseason odds movers from November 3 to today:

Chicago Cubs +1000 to +500

The Cubs actually entered the postseason as World Series favorites, and still are by a healthy margin, but adding Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey cut their value is half. The Cubs might have the perfect mix of veteran talent and gifted youngsters, but is it enough for them to win their first World Series since 1908? Of course it is, but it’s not always the best team on paper that wins. Unless you’re a Cubs fan and want some extra incentive to root for them this season, save your money as their +500 price tag doesn’t offer enough value.

San Francisco Giants +1600 to +800

Similar to the Cubs, the Giants’ odds were cut in half after adding Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija to an already solid club. As we’ve pointed out several times this offseason, San Fran will attempt to continue a trend that’s seen them win the World Series every other season since 2010. The addition of the big arms gives the Giants the edge over the Dodgers in the National League West, and given their Championship pedigree, this team is built to compete for a World Series. If you’re down on the Dodgers like I am and are looking to place a futures bet, consider wagering on the Giants to win it all this season.

Arizona Diamondbacks +5000 to +2500

Perhaps the team that made the biggest leap into contender territory is the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is a team that finished second in the National League last season in runs scored, but they also allowed 659 runs, well above the NL average of 628. A quick fix appears to have been made with the additions of Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller who will combine to start over a third of the D-backs’ games this season. Could 60+ combined starts from Greinke and Miller be enough to close the 13-game gap between them and 2015’s division leading Dodgers?  I think so, but they’ll still have the Giants to contend with and a handful of other stacked NL teams who will be fighting it out for a Wild Card spot, but at 25-to-1 with a great offense and a few stud pitchers, they’re my favorite National League sleeper in 2016.

Texas Rangers +1600 to +2500

Are the 2016 Rangers better than the 2015 version of the club that was one win away from an ALCS appearance? They won’t be right away, but when Yu Darvish returns in May they will be — at least on paper. Darvish and Cole Hamels will be the best top of the rotation duo in the division, and they’ll return an offense that was third in the league in runs in 2015. I’m slightly concerned with an aging Adrian Beltre whose batting average dropped to under .300 for the first time since 2011 last season, but playing in a shallow division makes this team undervalued.

St. Louis Cardinals +1200 to +1800

The Cubs’ boost is the likely culprit for the Cards odds getting longer. St. Louis has made the playoffs in five straight seasons, but their lineup took a hit with Heyward’s departure to Chicago. Still though, this is a very solid club that will see the return of Adam Wainwright along with the addition of Mike Leake to the starting rotation. Combining those two with Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez gives the team a sneaky good pitching staff who will once again lead the team into playoff contention in 2016. The Cards have become the model of consistency in baseball — I’d even call them the San Antonio Spurs of MLB — and at 18-to-1 they’re one of the top value bets going into the season.

Other notable moves:

Los Angles Angeles +2000 to +4000

Seattle Mariners +2500 to +4000

Minnesota Twins +4000 to +5000

Chicago White Sox +4000 to +3300

Here's a look at the complete list of odds:

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+500
San Francisco Giants+800
Toronto Blue Jays+1000
New York Mets+1200
Los Angeles Dodgers+1200
Boston Red Sox+1400
Kansas City Royals+1400
Houston Astros+1600
Washington Nationals+1800
St. Louis Cardinals+1800
Cleveland Indians+1800
Pittsburgh Pirates+2000
Detroit Tigers+2000
Texas Rangers+2500
New York Yankees+2500
Arizona Diamondbacks+2500
Chicago White Sox+3300
Seattle Mariners+4000
Los Angeles Angels+4000
Baltimore Orioles+4000
Tampa Bay Rays+4000
Minnesota Twins+5000
Miami Marlins+5000
Oakland Athletics+6600
San Diego Padres+12500
Milwaukee Brewers+12500
Cincinnati Reds+12500
Philadelphia Phillies+15000
Atlanta Braves+15000
Colorado Rockies+15000

Odds as of March 31 at Bovada

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Unless you’re actively cheering for the Chicago Cubs this season, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to place a wager on them to win the World Series with their +400 price tag. Considering the NFL, NBA, NHL and the television didn’t exist the last time the Cubbies won the World Series, it makes sense to look elsewhere for better value. 

2015’s World Series winner, the Kansas City Royals, were +2800 to win it all entering the 2015 season, while the runner-up Mets were also +2800. They were each in the middle of the pack on the odds list, and there’s a few teams in that range this year that could make your wallet thicker come Fall.

Here’s a look at teams offering the best value in World Series Futures:

New York Yankees +2500

Of the 10 teams that qualified for the playoffs in 2015, the Yankees have the worst odds this season. It wasn’t a typical offseason in the Bronx, as they stayed away from their typical free spending ways, but they still made a splash by trading for the best closer in the game, Aroldis Chapman, who will anchor an already dominant bullpen.

A big concern with this team is age, but the Yanks will field basically the same club that scored the second most runs in the league last season. Their starting rotation has some holes and injury concerns, but if they can keep offenses in check for the first five or six innings, their bullpen should be able limit late inning scoring opportunities.

Also, if you didn’t notice, the Yankees pretty much always make the playoffs. Since 1995, they’ve made the playoffs 18 out of a possible 21 times — clinching a spot 85% of the time! In baseball, it’s all about getting into the dance, as it’s not always the team with the best regular season record that goes all the way. If the Yankees can overachieve and win the AL East, or sneak in as a Wild Card, they can ride their bullpen all the way to the World Series just like the Royals did in 2015.

Arizona Diamondbacks +2500

How do you compete in a division that’s been won by the same team, the Dodgers, in three-straight seasons? Well, stealing one of their Cy Young caliber pitchers is a good start. A good second step was adding a strong number two in 25-year-old Shelby Miller who showed signs of brilliance prior to the All-Star break with a 2.38 ERA in 113.2 innings pitched.

The D-Backs were the National League’s second best offense last season, and gave pitchers and catchers headache’s all season long as MLB’s second best team at swiping bases. Even with the elite level offense, the team couldn’t finish above .500 thanks in part to a weak starting rotation that finished with just 69 quality starts, compared to the NL average of 81.

Arizona will have their work cut out for them in the AL West, but pairing the arms of Greinke and Miller, who combined for 51 quality starts in 2015, with the bats of Goldschmidt and Pollock could be enough to push them into postseason contention.

Chicago White Sox +3300

The White Sox entered 2015 with big expectations that they failed to meet. At +1600, they were tied for the third best odds among American League teams to win the World Series, but expectations have cooled for 2016, making them an excellent value pick.

The biggest flaw for the 2015 Chi Sox was their offense, which was dead last in the American League. This included being last in home runs with 136 compared to the AL team average of 176. They responded by adding a hammer to the middle of their batting order, with 35 home run hitter Todd Frazier taking over the hot corner.

Another bonus for Chicago is that the three pitchers at the top of their rotation, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Carlos Rendon should only get better with age. With David Robertson handling ninth inning duties, the White Sox posses one of the most underrated pitching staffs in the bigs.

Combining Frazier and a few other fresh faces to a team that has lots to prove after underachieving last season could be a recipe for success in 2016. 

Here's a look at the complete list of odds:

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+400
San Francisco Giants+800
New York Mets+1100
Los Angeles Dodgers+1100
Toronto Blue Jays+1400
Boston Red Sox+1400
Kansas City Royals+1400
Washington Nationals+1600
Houston Astros+1600
St. Louis Cardinals+1800
Pittsburgh Pirates+2000
Detroit Tigers+2000
Cleveland Indians+2000
Texas Rangers+2200
New York Yankees+2500
Arizona Diamondbacks+2500
Chicago White Sox+3300
Seattle Mariners+4000
Los Angeles Angels+4000
Baltimore Orioles+4000
Tampa Bay Rays+4000
Minnesota Twins+5000
Miami Marlins+5000
Oakland Athletics+7500
San Diego Padres+10000
Milwaukee Brewers+12500
Cincinnati Reds+12500
Philadelphia Phillies+15000
Atlanta Braves+15000
Colorado Rockies+15000

Odds as of March 9 at Bovada

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With Spring Training on the horizon there’s been movement in the World Series futures as the Toronto Blue Jays now have the best odds of any American League team to win the World Series. 

Slow down though before placing a wager on the Jays, as history isn’t on their side. Over the last 20 years, only two teams who’ve lost in the ALCS or NLCS went on to win the World Series the following year. That’s two of 40 teams — giving the Jays a whopping 5% chance based on the results since the Wild Card era began in 1995. This stat also applies to the team with the best odds of winning the World Series, the Chicago Cubs (+400), so our apologies go out to overenthusiastic Cubs fans.

The Jays surpassed the Boston Red Sox in futures markets at online sportsbook Bovada, and are now +1200 to win the World Series, ranking them behind four National League clubs for the best odds to be baseball’s best in 2016.

2015 was a magical year for the Jays and their fans, as they bat-flipped their way to an ALCS appearance, but ultimately ran out of steam against the Royals. The offseason was an underwhelming one at best for the Jays as some major reshuffling took place in their front office, and one of the key pieces to their AL East division win, David Price, departed to a division rival.

The division win was their first since 1993, and many are questioning if a team that’s relying so heavily upon their offense are legit contenders. Without a solidified No. 1 starter at the top of their rotation, the Jays could see their share of struggles if their bats cool off. However, the Jays can take solace in the fact that last year’s World Series champ, the Kansas City Royals, also lacked a bona fide No. 1.

As for other stats pertaining to teams who lose an LCS series, 22 of the 40 losers since 1995 went on to at least make the playoffs the following year, and if we’ve learned anything from the MLB playoffs, once you get in, anything can happen.

Here's a look at the updated odds:

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+400
San Francisco Giants+800
New York Mets+1000
Los Angeles Dodgers+1000
Toronto Blue Jays+1200
Boston Red Sox+1400
Kansas City Royals+1600
Washington Nationals+1600
Houston Astros+1800
St. Louis Cardinals+1800
Pittsburgh Pirates+2000
New York Yankees+2000
Detroit Tigers+2000
Cleveland Indians+2000
Texas Rangers+2200
Arizona Diamondbacks+2500
Chicago White Sox+3300
Seattle Mariners+4000
Los Angeles Angels+4999
Baltimore Orioles+5000
Minnesota Twins+5000
Tampa Bay Rays+5000
Miami Marlins+7500
Oakland Athletics+7500
San Diego Padres+10000
Philadelphia Phillies+10000
Milwaukee Brewers+12500
Cincinnati Reds+12500
Atlanta Braves+15000
Colorado Rockies+15000

Odds as of February 18 at Bovada

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The 2015 Major League Baseball season was a down year for the Boston Red Sox. They finished dead last in the American League East for the second year in a row and their pitching staff ranked near the bottom of the league with an abysmal 4.31 ERA, well above the league average of 3.96.

That’s nothing $217 million can’t fix, can it?

Red Sox Nation hasn’t taken kindly to back-to-back last place division finishes, and the Sox responded by signing stud pitcher David Price to a monster contract. Spending money to get out of a hole was a strategy that backfired on the Sox last year with the inflated signings of Pablo Sandovol and Hanley Ramirez, so will this year be any different?

The Sox currently rank 4th on the futures board at Bovada, making them the top American League team on the list. Boston’s odds to win the World Series currently stand at +1200, a major adjustment from the +2000 number that they entered the postseason with prior to the Price signing.

Considering the 2016 Red Sox will primarily be made up of 2015’s last place team, it’s a definite stretch to assume a player who pitches every five games will put them over the top.

However, if everything clicks the way it’s supposed to and Sandoval and Ramirez combine to play much more than the 231 games they played in during the 2015 season, there’s a chance they could sneak into the playoffs and make a World Series run. Boston did post a winning record last season vs their best divisional opponent, the Toronto Blue Jays, but still, +1200 to win the World Series is poor value for a team coming off two seasons in the basement of the AL East.

Over in the National League, the Cubs are still favorites to win the World Series (+400), but breathing down their necks is the New York Mets who made a major leap in the odds after resigning hard hitting outfielder Yeonis Cespedes. The Mets, who were as high as +1800 at one point this season, are now listed at +800, just slightly behind the San Francisco Giants at +750.

The Mets were a surprise contender last season, but won’t be sneaking up on anyone this season with Harvey, deGrom and Syndergaard all reaching elite level status. If the Washington Nationals can get their act together after last season’s meltdown, the two clubs should fight it out at the top of the NL East for most of the season.

With the NFL season behind us, baseball season can’t get here soon enough. Spring training officially opens on February 18 and Opening Day is April 4.

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+400
San Francisco Giants+750
New York Mets+800
Boston Red Sox+1200
Los Angeles Dodgers+1400
Toronto Blue Jays+1600
Kansas City Royals+1600
Washington Nationals+1600
Houston Astros+1800
St. Louis Cardinals+2000
Pittsburgh Pirates+2000
Arizona Diamondbacks+2000
Texas Rangers+2000
New York Yankees+2000
Detroit Tigers+2000
Cleveland Indians+3300
Los Angeles Angels+3300
Chicago White Sox+3300
Seattle Mariners+4000
Baltimore Orioles+5000
Minnesota Twins+5000
Miami Marlins+7500
Tampa Bay Rays+7500
Oakland Athletics+7500
Milwaukee Brewers+10000
Cincinnati Reds+10000
San Diego Padres+10000
Philadelphia Phillies+10000
Atlanta Braves+15000
Colorado Rockies+15000

Odds as of February 9 at Bovada

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For the first time this winter, a clear favorite has emerged as the favorite to win the 2016 World Series. The Chicago Cubs, who had been tied at the top of futures markets with the San Francisco Giants for most of the offseason, now stand alone at the top of the list.

According to online sportsbook Bovada, the Cubs’ odds of winning the World Series now stand at +400, well ahead of the Giants at +750, and the American League’s top contender, the Boston Red Sox at +1200.

The Cubs’ last World Series victory came 108 years ago, years before Wrigley Field even existed, but there’s plenty of reasons for optimism in the North Side of Chicago. The Cubs added more talent to a lineup that’s already rich with potential, with Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward and John Lackey all set to join a team that finished the season with the third most wins in the league last season.

One team making a major leap up the board in recent weeks is the New York Mets, who jumped from +1800 all the way up to third on the list at +800. The Mets were able to retain the services of power hitting outfielder Yeonis Cespedes, signing the 30-year-old to a three-year deal with a player option after the first year. Cespedes will be expected to provide run support for the best starting rotation in baseball, who no one would be surprised to see improve even more in 2016.

After another letdown in the playoffs that resulted in a managerial change and losing Zack Greinke to a division rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers have seen their stock take a bit of a dip in the offseason, but they still find themselves in the top five on the futures list at +1400. The Dodgers will try to replace Greinke’s production with the additions of Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda and veteran lefty Scott Kazmir.

And what would an offseason be without a high profile player headed to the Bronx to suit up for the Yankees. New York was able to acquire flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman for a handful of prospects. Chapman’s expected to receive a suspension due to a domestic incident, but having the hardest thrower in the game handling ninth inning duties gives the Yankees the best bullpen in baseball. Even with shutdown pitchers available to handle the back-end of games, the Yankees come it at +2000, mainly due to an aging and injury prone offense.

With Spring Training right around the corner, stay tuned to OddsShark.com for all the latest MLB betting news.

2016 World Series Odds
TeamOdds
Chicago Cubs+400
San Francisco Giants+750
New York Mets+800
Boston Red Sox+1200
Washington Nationals+1400
Los Angeles Dodgers+1400
Toronto Blue Jays+1600
Kansas City Royals+1600
Houston Astros+1800
St. Louis Cardinals+2000
Pittsburgh Pirates+2000
Arizona Diamondbacks+2000
Texas Rangers+2000
New York Yankees+2000
Detroit Tigers+2500
Cleveland Indians+3300
Los Angeles Angels+3300
Chicago White Sox+3300
Seattle Mariners+4000
Baltimore Orioles+5000
Minnesota Twins+5000
Miami Marlins+7500
Tampa Bay Rays+7500
Oakland Athletics+7500
Milwaukee Brewers+10000
Cincinnati Reds+10000
San Diego Padres+10000
Philadelphia Phillies+10000
Atlanta Braves+15000
Colorado Rockies+15000

Odds as of February 1 at Bovada

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With the majority of the big names now off of the market in MLB's free agent frenzy, the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants are locked in a tie as the favorites to win the 2016 World Series at +500.

The Cubs added to an already strong team by signing utility man extraordinaire Ben Zobrist to a 4-year contract, along with prized outfielder Jason Heyward to an 8-year deal. The Cubs also bolstered their starting rotation by signing veteran pitcher John Lackey whose coming off a strong season pitching for the Cardinals.

Not to be outdone, the Giants have been busy building one of the top starting rotations in the league. After signing Jeff Samardzija for $90 million over five years, they inked Johnny Cueto to a six year, $130 million contract. Samardzija is coming off of his worst season in the bigs, but he’ll have the opportunity to thrive in the National League in a very pitcher-friendly ballpark. Cueto struggled down the stretch for the Royals, but was absolutely dominant when he was in the National League as a member of the Reds.

The ink barely had time to dry on David Price’s mega deal before Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks swooped in and stole his thunder in the form of 6-year, $206 million deal. Greinke will receive an annual average of $34.3 million which is the highest ever for a pitcher. The signing of Greinke, along with a trade for rising star pitcher Shelby Miller caused a significant shift in the futures markets for Arizona, who leaped from +4000 up to +2000 at Bovada. The addition of Price pushed the Red Sox into third on the futures list at +800.

Several impact players remain on the free agent market and it's likely we'll see more trade activity as spring training is right around the corner.

Stay tuned to OddsShark.com for the latest MLB betting news.

2016 World Series Champion

Odds as of January 12 at Bovada

  • Chicago Cubs +500
  • San Francisco Giants +500
  • Boston Red Sox +800
  • New York Mets +1400
  • Washington Nationals +1400
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +1600
  • Toronto Blue Jays +1600
  • St. Louis Cardinals +1800
  • Houston Astros +1800
  • Kansas City Royals +2000
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +2000
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +2000
  • Texas Rangers +2000
  • New York Yankees +2000
  • Cleveland Indians +2800
  • Los Angeles Angels +2800
  • Detroit Tigers +2800
  • Chicago White Sox +3300
  • Seattle Mariners +4000
  • Baltimore Orioles +5000
  • Minnesota Twins +5000
  • Tampa Bay Rays +7500
  • Miami Marlins +7500
  • Oakland Athletics +7500
  • Milwaukee Brewers +10000
  • Cincinnati Reds +10000
  • San Diego Padres +10000
  • Atlanta Braves +10000
  • Philadelphia Phillies +10000
  • Colorado Rockies +15000

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The wheeling and dealing has officially begun at the MLB winter meetings, and oddsmakers are being kept on their toes as a result.

The Boston Red Sox made the biggest splash of the offseason when they inked star left-hander David Price to a mammoth seven-year, $217 million contract. With their much-needed ace in the fold, Boston’s World Series odds jumped from +1600 before the news to +900 – high enough to make them co-favorites with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants.

Following the aforementioned three clubs at the top of the list is last year’s National League champion New York Mets (+1000) and the reigning champion Kansas City Royals (+1200).

Where does your team rank? Take a look at Bovada’s full list of MLB futures below.

2016 World Series Champion

Odds as of December 2 at Bovada

  • Chicago Cubs +900
  • San Francisco Giants +900
  • Boston Red Sox +900
  • New York Mets +1000
  • Kansas City Royals +1200
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +1400
  • Toronto Blue Jays +1400
  • St. Louis Cardinals +1400
  • Washington Nationals +1400
  • Houston Astros +1400
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +1600
  • Texas Rangers +2000
  • Cleveland Indians +2200
  • Los Angeles Angels +2200
  • New York Yankees +2200
  • Seattle Mariners +2500
  • Detroit Tigers +2500
  • Baltimore Orioles +4000
  • Minnesota Twins +4000
  • Chicago White Sox +4000
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +4000
  • Tampa Bay Rays +5000
  • Miami Marlins +6600
  • Milwaukee Brewers +6600
  • Oakland Athletics +6600
  • Cincinnati Reds +7500
  • San Diego Padres +7500
  • Atlanta Braves +10000
  • Colorado Rockies +10000
  • Philadelphia Phillies +10000

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With the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series in five games over the New York Mets, it’s time to look ahead to the 2016 season to see who oddsmakers like to win it all. Online sportsbook Bovada has released odds for the upcoming season and have tabbed the Chicago Cubs as +1000 favorites to win the World Series.

After getting bounced by the Mets in the NLCS, the Cubs look strong entering the 2016 season with the core of the team set to return, as the club has no major free agents this offseason, with the exception of outfeilder Dexter Fowler.

The Royals are tied for second on the list with four other teams (Dodgers, Mets, Cardinals, Blue Jays) at +1200. KC has some major work to do this offseason with several key free agents who will be looking to cash in.

The Rex Sox (+1600) come ahead of their bitter rival the Yankees (+2200) , while the team with the longest shot is the Phillies (+20000).

Stay tuned to OddsShark.com throughout the offseason for the latest MLB betting news.

2016 World Series Champion

Odds as of November 17 at Bovada

  • Chicago Cubs +1000
  • Kansas City Royals +1200
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +1200
  • New York Mets +1200
  • St. Louis Cardinals +1200
  • Toronto Blue Jays +1200
  • Washington Nationals +1400
  • Houston Astros +1400
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +1600
  • Texas Rangers +1600
  • San Francisco Giants +1600
  • Boston Red Sox +1600
  • Cleveland Indians +2000
  • Los Angeles Angels +2000
  • New York Yankees +2200
  • Detroit Tigers +2200
  • Seattle Mariners +2500
  • Tampa Bay Rays +3300
  • Baltimore Orioles +4000
  • Minnesota Twins +4000
  • Chicago White Sox +4000
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +5000
  • Cincinnati Reds +5000
  • Miami Marlins +5000
  • Milwaukee Brewers +5000
  • Oakland Athletics +5000
  • San Diego Padres +6600
  • Atlanta Braves +10000
  • Colorado Rockies +10000
  • Philadelphia Phillies +20000

 

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