MLB fans are itching for big news. Shohei Ohtani is this off-season's big-fish free agent — and likely to command the biggest contract in MLB history — while Juan Soto, another young stud, will almost certainly be traded by the Padres.
Together, the Soto-Ohtani sweepstakes will have a gargantuan impact on the World Series odds. Here's how the betting market could shake up once one (or both) of the stars find new homes.
Shohei Ohtani To The Dodgers
The sportsbooks aren't wasting any time. Los Angeles is favored in the odds to land Ohtani in free agency. As a result, the Dodges have skyrocketed up World Series odds boards, even becoming the favorites on some betting sites.
The Dodgers (+600) would become a powerhouse with Ohtani sandwiched between Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, two former MVPs, atop the batting order. If Ohtani officially signs with LA, the Dodgers will become clear favorites and surpass the Braves for chalk spot.
If you're a fan of The Blue Crew, place your World Series futures now, because these odds aren't getting any better.
Blue Jays Dark Horses in Ohtani & Soto Sweepstakes
Buckle up, Blue Jays fans; this could be the best or worst week of your collective lives. Toronto has actively been pitching Ohtani on a move to the Jays, and the Japanese star's immediate signing would propel the club up the odds board. But wait, there's more.
Beyond Ohtani, the Blue Jays are also reportedly favorites to trade for Soto after talks between the Padres and Yankees fell apart. Between bounce-back candidate Alek Manoah and other prospects, Toronto has the goods to get the job done, too.
The Blue Jays are currently the best bet on the board at +1400. An elite pitching staff gives Toronto a strong floor anyway. But with Ohtani or Soto? Look out world.
Chicago Cubs Hail Mary On Ohtani?
The Cubs, like the Jays, remain active in the Ohtani sweepstakes. There's a new era in Chicago under manager Craig Counsell, and the Cubs have flashed a willingness to go out and make moves in free agency.
It's crazy to envision Ohtani in a Cubs uniform, but if the Northsiders can lock him down, then either re-sign Cody Bellinger or add another star, they're a great longshot bet to win the World Series at +3300.
Don't Count Out The Yankees
The Yankees have cash to spend and about a billion holes to fill on their roster. New York will chase star Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, but there's a chance the club will circle back to Soto, too, even after early negotiations hit a standstill.
In that case, the Yanks will likely leap into the top three on World Series odds boards. Keep an eye on New York as the off-season hot-stove heats up.