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Odds To Win The 2016 MLB Divisions

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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Not that much has happened since we last checked into these numbers over the last 3 weeks.  The biggest jump on the board was the Giants going to favorites of the NL West after the Johnny Cueto signing.

The Dodgers have since countered and are making this race for the NL West that much better again.  It wasn’t long ago that the Los Angeles NL franchise were the favorites to win the entire World Series.

I think it is almost a dead heat right now between San Francisco and LA – and could come down to the transactions that are done in the next 8 months.

New York did pick up Aroldis Chapman but are still only listed as the 3rd favorite in the Division.  New York has the best Bullpen, the Jays the best offense – and Boston might be the best overall club in the AL East.

If you believe the Yankees will continue to spend $ like Washington is printing it everyday should they contend this coming season, that +200 for the Division is a good odd.

The Mariners are going through a serious Bullpen revamp, and now have added Leonys Martin from the Rangers to add depth to the players beyond the grass in Seattle currently. Seattle is going to need many more transactions to improve this fall, but are off to a good start.

The Mariners went through a serious Bullpen (Benoit, Cishek, De Fratus, Scribner, Bass – exit Wilhelmsen, Smith, Farquhar and Beimel and Starting Staff revamp (Miley +  Karns, exit Elias) and also  added Leonys Martin from the Rangers, Nori Aoki (FA), Chris Iannetta (FA) and Adam Lind from the Brewers (via trade) to add depth to the offense.  The sum of these transactions should equate to a big improvement in 2016.  Will it be enough to contend for the 2016 AL West?

Both the AL West and AL Central are pretty fairly handicapped, however there is some value with the Seattle Mariners now – having inked Hisashi Iwakuma to a new deal, and recently having traded for Adam Lind.

Robinson Cano should also be better in 2016 – and Chris Iannetta would have to be perform horrific as a backstopper for the production to be as bad as it was with Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre.

Seattle has a definite punchers chance in that Division, and with adding Iwakuma at the last minute, and reeling in a stockpile of pitchers in trades recently, there could be some more upgrades coming down the pike if necessary.

The gap seems to be widening in the AL Central in with the Division not exactly being  a bevy of transactions for all  clubs.  Kansas City could almost win this by default.

Detroit is the most interesting team, although if the White Sox make one more big move to add with the Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie deals, than they could be vastly improved.

Cleveland did sign Veteran 1B/DH Mike Napoli to split time doing the duties at those two positions with Carlos Santana.  Love the move – and it could reverse the Free Agency curse the team has had with Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and David Murphy in recent seasons.

ODDS courtesy of bet365.com

Bad Value – Red Block

Good Value – Blue Block

AL East

Boston Red Sox +175

Toronto Blue Jays +180

NY Yankees +200

TB Rays +450

Baltimore Orioles +500

AL Central

KC Royals +125

Cleveland Indians +260

Detroit Tigers +270

Minnesota Twins +310

Chicago White Sox +325

AL West

Houston Astros +160

Texas Rangers +175

LA Angels +225

Seattle Mariners +225

Oakland A’s +700

NL East

NY Mets +150

Washington Nationals +160

Miami Marlins +320

Atlanta Braves +800

Philadelphia +900

NL Central

Chicago Cubs +140

St. Louis Cards +155

Pittsburgh Pirates +280

Milwaukee Brewers +800

Cincinnati Reds +1000

NL West

SF Giants +140

LA Dodgers +170

Arizona D’backs +190

SD Padres +900

Colorado Rockies +900

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