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Odds To Win The 2014 MLB World Series + Around The MLB Horn For Quick Team Wish Lists

The Red Sox may have won the 2013 World Series, but they are not the 2014 favorites.  No team has repeated since the Yankees won 3 straight titles from 1998 - 2000.

The Red Sox may have won the 2013 World Series, but they are not the 2014 favorites. No team has repeated since the Yankees won 3 straight titles from 1998 – 2000.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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Now that the Boston Red Sox have won the 2013 World Series, the oddsmakers have already dropped them, plus fellow 2013 Fall Classic Participants (St. Louis) to be tied for the 3rd seed, with the Washington Nationals.

A massive surprise on the list are the Los Angeles Angels, who will have the 6th favorite slot to win the World Series at +1400.

If you are looking for value, you should consider the Reds (Tied for the 8th seed) at +1600.  They are merely a few players, and perhaps a few tweaks from going far in one of these playoffs.

2013 World Series Champion – Red Sox

The Dodgers have been pegged as the early favorites to win the 2014 World Series.  With a stacked lineup, unbelievable Starting Pitching lineup, and a deep amount of cash to acquire anybody, look for this to be perennial thing.  Although if everyone were to play that game, it should have  been a Dodgers and Angels World Series this year.

The Dodgers have been pegged as the early favorites to win the 2014 World Series. With a stacked lineup, unbelievable Starting Pitching lineup, and a deep amount of cash to acquire anybody, look for this to be perennial thing. Although if everyone were to play that game, it should have been a Dodgers or Nationals representing the National League/and either the Angels or Tigers coming out of the American League for the World Series this year.

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I also love the Texas Rangers that is part of those 6 teams clumped at the 8th seed, (NYY, OAK, TB, ATL and Cincy).

If they are able to resign Nelson Cruz, and add a legitimate CF (like possibly Jacoby Ellsbury), they have enough Starting Pitching returning to have a shot.

A dark horse odd is the Seattle Mariners at +5000.  They have Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and I am telling you this James Paxton guy is going to be one of the top Left Handed Starters in the league.

He may do for Seattle what Michael Wacha did for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 next year.

Choo has a great year in Cincinnati during the 2013 year .285/.423/.885, was 20 HR/20 SB guy and scored 107 Runs.  A team like the Blue Jays, Phillies or Nationals would be wise to bid for his services, as teams with a need at OF, plus have impatient hitters. Or will there be a dark horse team like the Mariners, Mets or Royals that may sneak up and snatch him up on the FA Market?

Choo has a great year in Cincinnati during the 2013 year .285/.423/.885, was 20 HR/20 SB guy and scored 107 Runs. A team like the Blue Jays, Phillies or Nationals would be wise to bid for his services, as teams with a need at OF, plus have impatient hitters. Or will there be a dark horse team like the Mariners, Mets or Royals that may sneak up and snatch him up on the FA Market?

The Mariners have a ton of cash to play with.  They will be big pursuers of Shin-Soo Choo (they once had this guy before a brutal trade) – and Jacoby Ellsbury will be thrown a massive offer from them as well.

As all of you heard Fox spell out last night, the Red Sox CF for their last 2 World Series, is from Oregon.  The M’s need offense badly.

The Yankees don’t really have any business at +1600, and if you are a fan looking to bet the club on this future, just wait to see if they can resign Robinson Cano first, and if Derek Jeter comes back for 2014.

These guys have Pittsburgh pegged right too.  They are losing a lot in A.J. Burnett pitching, and Francisco Liriano has never duplicated back to back awesome seasons.

It it my opinion that the Bucs will regress in the next year.

I do agree with the favorite for the World Series in Los Angeles.  With their strong pitching and plethora of talent on offense, it will all come down to whether or not this team will be healthy.

Can Matt Kemp stay healthy, and will Yasiel Puig build on a solid Rookie campaign?

Detroit only loses Jhonny Peralta, Joaquin Benoit and Omar Infante, (if they don’t resign), but maybe they will go after to Post Season proven Brian Wilson to nail down the games.

Having Miguel Cabera back at 100% will help a lot too.  It is still my opinion that Prince Fielder needs to be like his regular season self – in order for the Tigers to cash in on a World Series.

Mark Trumbo is one of the better power hitters in the MLB right now,  The Angels already have enough players like him, and are desperately in need of Starting Pitching,  Depending on who they get back for him might determine how well the Angels can finish in 2014.

Mark Trumbo is one of the better power hitters in the MLB right now, The Angels already have enough players like him, and are desperately in need of Starting Pitching, Depending on who they get back for him might determine how well the Angels can finish in 2014.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will probably trade Mark Trumbo for some Starting Pitching.  Look for St. Louis or Tampa Bay to come calling.

Tampa Bay has to turn David Price into at least a #5 Starting Pitcher going forward, and a First Baseman that can rake.  Again, maybe they flip Price to Anaheim or St. Louis.

Oakland will probably resign Bartolo Colon, and hope all of their young Starters mature and improve within.  Billy Beane could surprise us all – by signing a Free Agent or 2, that we did not see coming.

If the Athletics are going to go far, they will need Yoenis Cespedes to take the next step in his game.

The Atlanta Braves would be wise to bring back Tim Hudson, combined with signing a Free Agent Starter like Ervin Santana or Matt Garza.

Baltimore can’t simply think they have enough depth in their pitching to stack up in the playoffs.  They should realize spending all of their dough on guys like Garza and Jackson would be a good move.

Chris Davis is going to make a phenomenal killing in his Arbitration Hearing this winter.

Pierzynski is nearing the end of his career, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't make a great addition to a contending team, that needs a Veteran Backstopper.  The Yankees and Red Sox could be players, along with maybe the Angels, Blue Jays, Reds or Rays being perfect for that short term deal for his services.

Pierzynski is nearing the end of his career, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t make a great addition to a contending team, that needs a Veteran Backstopper. The Yankees and Red Sox could be players, along with maybe the Angels, Blue Jays, Reds or Rays being perfect for that short term deal for his services.

The Yankees would be smart to sign A.J. Pierzynski, and resign Robinson Cano.  They also need a few Starters , and bringing back a guy like Mark Reynolds would be wise.  This team needs more diversity.

The Toronto Blue Jays need lots of pitching.  They should really take a flier on their own 2013 guy ‘Josh Johnson‘ – on a low year deal.  They should also move Jose Bautista to DH permanently – and find another offensive player.

The Jays need to spend more cash.  They definitely could benefit from some patience at the plate.  Maybe a guy like Shin-Soo Choo added to the Outfield would be a good idea.

If they don’t receive good pitching from R.A. Dickey, Brandon Morrow and Mark Buehrle, the club is not going anywhere either.

Toronto should also address it’s Catcher situation once and for all.  They should be in on the A.J. Pierzynski sweepstakes.  He is perfect for their team if it is a short term deal.

Alex Anthopoulos could always work a trade for an ace pitcher next year part way through the season.

Texas should spend their $ on Brian McCann to be their every day Catcher.  Besides an OF or 2, plus the Catcher, they are in pretty good shape.

For depth, a guy like Adam Lind might be a nice cheap alternative, to play First Base and DH a little.

Perhaps another strategy would be to move Nelson Cruz to a permanent DH role.

Texas should reload immediately.  The Pitching should be fine moving forward,  Brian McCann should be high on their radar, as well as bringing back Nelson Cruz.

Texas should reload immediately. The Pitching should be fine moving forward, Brian McCann should be high on their radar, as well as bringing back Nelson Cruz.  The young crop of players will enable the club to spend $$ elsewhere on offense.

St. Louis Cardinals should try to work out a trade for David Price.  They will be contending for a long time, but what better way to acquire an ace for only 2 years worth of salary – by picking up the 2012 AL Cy Young Winner.

The Cardinals could finally have a suitable replacement for Chris Carpenter.

The club doesn’t have a place to play Matt Adams, and they have an abundance of Major League ready starters.

The Washington Nationals should bring back Mike Morse to play some 1B/OF/DH/PH.  They missed him last year – probably more than they realized.  They are still a  solid club all around.

The San Francisco Giants would be smart to sign and everyday LF, and potentially bring in a great Utility Infielder in a Omar Infante, or similar ilk.

The GIants may have overspent for Tim Lincecum (2 YRs/$35 MIL), and they also are saddled with a $7 MIL Buyout headed to Barry Zito, so why not sign a Free Agent Pitcher like Phil Hughes, to anchor the back of the Starting Rotation.  A 16 Game Winner in 2011 and an 18 Game Winner in 2009 shows the guy can pitch, and with the confines of AT & T Park, he might be good in SF.  At worst, you could turn him back into a Relief Pitcher,

The GIants may have overspent for Tim Lincecum (2 YRs/$35 MIL), and they also are saddled with a $7 MIL Buyout headed to Barry Zito, so why not sign a Free Agent Pitcher like Phil Hughes, to anchor the back of the Starting Rotation. A 16 Game Winner in 2011 and an 18 Game Winner in 2009 shows the guy can pitch, and with the confines of AT & T Park, he might be good in SF. At worst, you could turn him back into a Relief Pitcher.

San Francisco should also take a chance on a guy like Phil Hughes, as he will be a great low bargain for some NL club.

Don’t look for Cleveland to do very much this offseason.  Their best chance to do well is from internal improvement.

The Pittsburgh Pirates should try to resign Justin Morneau and Marlon Byrd to their club.  Their main point of contention will be their Starters and bench next year.

A guy like Ervin Santana would be nice for Pittsburgh, however the $ he commands might be too rich.  Maybe they would go the route of trying to recapture Phil Hughes’ former self, by rescuing him out of New York, just like they did with A.J. Burnett.

Kansas City should go for Curtis Granderson, Omar Infante and Jhonny Peralta, as my esteemed colleague Hunter Stokes mentioned in his Kansas City Royals State Of The Union Blog.

I also think they should go for a Veteran Starter such as Bronson Arroyo.

The only other team that is in the top 20 down below, not mentioned is Philadelphia.  Since they resigned Chase Utley, they should also try and resign Roy Halladay.

Their big need is to find a Catcher (if Carlos Ruiz doesn’t come back) and also find another Outfielder.

They should be players in the Outfield for guys like Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo.  I think they should also have Darin Ruf with the big club the whole year – as a 1B/OF.

The DiamondBacks have great young talent, and should not go for it yet in 2014 by spending a lot.  The key is to keep developing within.

The Reds have got to be the biggest sleeper in the MLB as of right now  Yes they play in a tough NL Central with St. Louis and Pittsburgh, buy they have solid pitching and enough offense to be a contender.  What will happen with Brandon Phillips - and will the loss of Shin-Soo Choo be felt harshly - or can phenom Billy Hamilton step up and the fill the need aptly?  The club also will need to replace Bronson Arroyo - but that might be able to be done with Tony Cingrani,  Most of all, Johnny Cueto has to remain healthy all of 2014.

The Reds have got to be the biggest sleeper in the MLB as of right now Yes they play in a tough NL Central with St. Louis and Pittsburgh, buy they have solid pitching and enough offense to be a contender. What will happen with Brandon Phillips – and will the loss of Shin-Soo Choo be felt harshly – or can phenom Billy Hamilton step up and the fill the need aptly? The club also will need to replace Bronson Arroyo – but that might be able to be done with Tony Cingrani, Most of all, Johnny Cueto has to remain healthy all of 2014.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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