The Chicago White Sox made a trade for a starter that should help their rotation while the four biggest free agents remain available. Check out the latest Major League Baseball news so you can get all set to make your bets against their MLB odds for the upcoming season.
MLB COVID-19 Update – December 9th Edition
2021 MLB Season
- When: Thursday, April 1 – Friday, October 1
- Where: Various
2021 World Series Odds
- Los Angeles Dodgers +425
- New York Yankees +550
- San Diego Padres +800
- Tampa Bay Rays +1000
- Atlanta Braves +1100
- Minnesota Twins +1200
- Chicago White Sox +10000
- Oakland Athletics +1500
- Houston Astros +1600
- Cleveland Indians +1600
- Cincinnati Reds +1600
- Chicago Cubs +2500
- New York Mets +3000
- Washington Nationals +3000
- St. Louis Cardinals +3300
- Toronto Blue Jays +3300
- Philadelphia Phillies +3500
- L.A. Angels +4000
- Boston Red Sox +5000
- Milwaukee Brewers +5000
- Miami Marlins +5000
- San Francisco Giants +6600
- Arizona Diamondbacks +6600
- Colorado Rockies +7500
- Seattle Mariners +7500
- Baltimore Orioles +7500
- Detroit Tigers +7500
- Kansas City Royals +8000
- Texas Rangers +10000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +12500
White Sox signal “win now” with trade for Lance Lynn
The Chicago White Sox traded away young right-hander Dane Dunning and a pitching prospect for one of the better starters in the American League, Lance Lynn. Although Lynn will only cost the Chicago White Sox $8 million this year, some baseball analysts don’t believe the White Sox made a smart move.
Lynn gave up 13 home runs in 84-at-bats while throwing in a pitcher friendly park. That’s a concern. Also a concern? Dane Dunning is a young pitcher with a lot of upside. That must be what the Rangers were thinking when they shipped Lynn to Chicago.
It looks like the White Sox are going all in this season. Chicago’s rotation rivals some of the better units in baseball. Lucas Giolito has a 1.04 WHIP, Lynn produced a 3.32 ERA this past season, and Dallas Kuechel went 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA.
Even Dylan Cease and his 4.01 ERA aren’t bad. Not only that but Michael Kopech, the fifth starter, is 24 and could develop into a 3.00 ERA or thereabouts thrower. Add in the reigning AL MVP in Jose Abreu and a lineup that averaged over 5 runs per, and we’ve suddenly got an American League pennant contender.
Bauer, Springer, Realmuto and LeMahieu have yet to sign
The top four free agents have yet to sign contracts. Check out where each free agent is in their quest for the largest contract they can muster.
Trevor Bauer – The reigning NL Cy Young winner may be looking for a 1-year deal in the $30 million range. If that’s the case, expect Bauer to head to a zip code with low taxes. Those states are Florida, Texas, and Arizona. The Diamondbacks would be perfect. The current Cincinnati Reds stays in the National League and plays in a warm environment.
George Springer – Springer is looking for around a 4-year deal. He’ll likely sign with one of the high-paying AL teams, Toronto or the New York Yankees. Plenty of teams want George Springer on their team. So, if he’s not caught up with making the most money possible, he could have his pick of destinations.
J.T. Realmuto – Top catchers aren’t a dime a dozen, which is why Realmuto could demand the most money of any free agent in this year’s class. Most think he signs a 5-year deal that approaches $110 million. Realmuto is the top ranked catcher in Major League Baseball. No team in MLB doesn’t want J.T. behind the plate. It’s possible he’s already gotten calls from a quarter of the franchises in the league.
D.J. LeMahieu – The Yankees want to keep LeMahieu, one of the best infield players in MLB. But the Dodgers are in play as well. Los Angeles could put LeMahieu at third. The tax situation in both New York and California could be a disaster for rich people like D.J. once Joe Biden enters the White House. That could take the Yankees and Dodgers out of the running.
Is Cleveland moving Lindor?
Rumor has it, Cleveland wants to trade Francisco Lindor. If that goes down, it could end helping a team win the World Series.
Like with most big name trade rumors, the Yankees and Blue Jays have come up. New York would love to have Lindor on their team. He’s a “name” player that produces.
The Jays could use him as well. We’ll see what happens. For now, the trade talk are just rumors.
Have a great rest of your week!