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