The Major League Baseball’s regular season is just over a month away. Many of the biggest free agents are signed, including Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz with the Baltimore Orioles, in just the past week.
Spring training has started and therefore, online sites across the Internet such as Bovada and topbet are updating their futures boards for the 2014 MLB season.
Despite the fact, the Orioles added the strong arm of Jimenez and the powerful bat of Cruz, Baltimore’s price has lengthened to 40 to 1 today from 30 to 1 at the end of January.
AL East rivals the Tampa Bay Rays saw their odds shortened on betonline and sportsbook.com to 12 to 1 from 16 to 1.
Two teams in the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers, also had their odds shortened to 15 to 1 from 18 to 1. They are at that number with the Oakland Athletics the defending champs of the division, whose price went from 16 to 1 to 15 to 1.
Some teams also had their odds adjusted for their division, while not having their prices changed for the World Series.
On Bovada, the Los Angeles Dodgers have World Series odds at 5 to 1, which make them the favorite. To win the NL West they are 5 to 14, which was slightly shortened from last month’s 1 to 3.
The Detroit Tigers are second on the futures board to win the World Series sitting at 7 to 1. That price did not move on topbet, but the price for them winning the AL Central moved to 4 to 11 from 1 to 3.
In win totals on betonline, the Kansas Royals total increased to 82 from 79.5, while the Cleveland Indians jumped a ½ game to 80.5 from 80.
In addition, the odds for the home run title for 2014 were updated, with several adjustments worth looking at.
Chris Davis the Orioles slugger is now tied with Miguel Cabrera at 7 to 1. Davis moved from 12 to 1 to his current 7 to 1 odds. Davis is the defending champ in home runs as he swatted 53 last season to lead the Majors.
A big mover on the home run boards was Jose Abreu. His odds shorten from 100 to 1 to 40 to 1. Abreu has great power, but some other sports sites have him only hitting 24 round trippers for the season.
He could be a risky bet at the current 40 to 1 price as he is coming from a foreign pro league into MLB.
Three left-handed batters are emerging as possible good plays. Mark Teixeira, who actually hits from both sides, but will do his damage for the left hitting to the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium is healthy once again and still young enough that he could put together a good season. He is sitting on 75 to 1 and the potential for a nice profit is attractive.
Joey Votto the Cincinnati first baseman is 100 to 1 and has exceptional profit potential. Look for him to have a strong season at the plate.
Jay Bruce, a teammate of Votto, is sitting at 30 to 1 after previously being 25 to 1. He has not yet shown the power his impressive scouting reports have forecasted.