Spring training for Major League Baseball begins on Saturday, February 27. That’s less than six weeks from now. By the looks of it, most MLB teams didn’t get the memo. Below, we explain why it seems like nobody knows baseball is about to start it’s preseason next month. Check out the latest Major League Baseball news out there so you can plan your bets and place them against their MLB odds.
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2021 MLB Season
- When: Thursday, April 1 – Friday, October 1
- Where: Various
2021 World Series Odds
- Los Angeles Dodgers +400
- New York Yankees +550
- San Diego Padres +700
- Tampa Bay Rays +1100
- Atlanta Braves +900
- 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
This is the slowest MLB offseason of all time
The Mets signed catcher James McCann away from the Chicago White Sox. Does that mean the White Sox hand a deal to J.T. Realmuto? The current Phillies catcher is the number one ranked free agent on the board.
There’s also buzz about the White Sox going for Houston player George Springer. George isn’t as hot of a player as Realmuto. He’s a winner, though, and MLB teams on the rise like Chicago could use as many winning players like as they can get.
Springer could also sign with the Mets. Predictions for where Trevor Bauer, the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner, signs are all over the map. Some baseball prognosticators have Bauer going with the Dodgers, others with the Yankees, and still others with the Angels or Mets.
Wherever Bauer ends up, most believe he’ll sign a long-term deal. Another sort of sure thing is that the Yankees keep D.J. LeMahieu. We’re not as positive about the Yankees signing LeMahieu as others are.
Depending on who wins the U.S. Senate, Georgia had a couple of run off races on Tuesday, taxes could significantly rise in both California and New York. If the Democrats win the Senate, they would have the Presidency with Joe Biden, the House of Representatives, and the Senate.
Federal taxes for the highest-earners, like $20 million a year baseball stars, could rise above 40%. If that happens, players will want to throw, hit, and catch baseballs in states with lower taxes like Texas or Florida.
The political situation in the U.S. may also be a reason teams haven’t pulled the trigger on the top free agents. MLB squads are hesitant to hand out massive contracts without knowing their organization’s future tax hit.
Dodgers, Yankees, and Padres remain heavy favorites
With that being written, the Dodgers, Yankees, and Padres remain the favorites to win next season’s World Series. Expect those teams to remain the favorites until a squad like the White Sox or Mets make big moves.
Keep checking World Series odds on MyBookie. Some team soon should pull the trigger on Springer, Bauer, Realmuto and the other top free agents.
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