The start of the 2021 MLB regular season might be getting closer by the day, but there are still some intriguing happenings going on around the league that you need to know about. Free agency and player movement have both come to a virtual crawl, but there are still several elements to the ongoing offseason that could potentially affect your betting campaign. Let’s find out what’s going down right now so you can keep preparing your bets and place them against their MLB odds for the upcoming season.
Latest MLB 2021 Betting News & Rumors Mar. 2nd Edition
The S#*t Has Hit The Fan in LA
Well, some additional details on the harrassment allegations against Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway have emerged.
To make a long story short, not only have additional women have come forward to reveal that Callaway made unwanted advances toward them and now, a report says, but the husband of one woman allegedly repeatedly contacted the Cleveland Indians organization and Major League Baseball in 2017 about “pornographic material” sent to his wife.
Oh my. This s#*t has hit the fan, not only for the Halos, but potentially, the Indians and Mets as well. Stay tuned. I suspect this story is going to get uglier and more sordid – unfortunately.
Phillies Keeping Their Cash
A recent report says the Philadelphia Phillies are likely done spending for now. Ooh…I’m so surprised – not! If veteran relievers Brandon Kintzler and Tony Watson are on the opening day roster, Philly’s payroll will be higher than last season’s. Both players will make $3 million to push Philadelphia’s luxury tax payroll close to $208 million.
Rockies don’t have budget for Trevor Story extension
A recent report says the Colorado Rockies aren’t going to sign All-Star shortstop Trevor Story to a contract extension “anytime soon.”
Story has posted a .277/.343/.535 triple-slash line with 134 homers and 80 stolen bases in 603 regular-season games over the past five years. His 17.9 WAR over that time span ranks fifth among all MLB shortstops. Call me crazy, but I suspect the 28-year-old Story will be out of Colorado in five years max.
Mike Leake won’t sign until coronavirus is more under control
Veteran free-agent right-hander Mike Leake will reportedly not play in 2021 until the COVID-19 pandemic is more under control. The 33-year-old has already turned down multiple offers after opting out of the 2020 campaign due to concerns about coronavirus.
Thanks, But I’ll Wait!
Veteran free-agent right-hander Jake Odorizzi is reportedly not going to sign with anyone until some team gets closer to his asking price. One of the best free-agent starters on the 2020-21 market, Odorizzi will likely get closer to the long-term deal what he wants though, only three hurlers have landed multi-year deals this offseason.