MLB Trade Deadline Futures Fallouts and Bets
Let’s look at which baseball teams could be a value in the World Series Futures market. For the full World Series odds list, make sure to check it out here at FanDuel.
New York Yankees +480
The Yankees are still stacked in many areas, and, when healthy, are one of the scariest teams in baseball, but they aren’t healthy.
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are battling injuries; their starting rotation is a mess with Big Maple James Paxton (Canadian content alert), looking like he may not be back this season. Gleyber Torres looks to be on the verge of returning, but hamstring injuries are tricky.
If Torres tweaks his hamstring again, the Bronx Bombers could look more like a string of sparklers. Standing pat was a risky and not a Yankee-like move. Their +480 odds don’t appear to be a strong value post-deadline.
Atlanta Braves +1200
Atlanta is another team expecting a big piece of their offense back soon. Ozzie Albies should be returning to the top of the lineup very soon and could provide the Braves an offensive spark.
That is all well and good, but Atlanta’s biggest need was their starting rotation. The addition of Tommy Milone does not seem worth the risk at somewhat short odds.
Minnesota Twins +1400
The Twinkies are another team that did not make a trade to improve.
Minnesota is in a dogfight of a division battle with the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox (+1700), and the AL Central could go to any of the three.
Overall, the Twins could have used some additional pop in the lineup, but perhaps they are hoping the return Josh Donaldson will be the one to provide it.
I still think +1400 is a value, but it would’ve been ideal if Minny added some offensive pieces.
San Diego Padres +1600
It’s no secret the Padres acted like a kid locked in a toy store overnight leading up to deadline day. They still may not be the best team in the division, but they certainly loaded up to make a run at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Trevor Rosenthal was added, along with other arms to bolster that bullpen, and Mike Clevinger was the best starting pitcher traded this year.
Addressing their needs at catcher and adding bench bats only make them deeper and better protected against injuries.
The Friars are the most improved team on paper, making that +1600 a strong value for you to potentially add to your bankroll in late October.
Cleveland Indians +2200
Cleveland didn’t just stay the same after the deadline — they got worse! I understand the brass may have felt they had to deal Clevinger after his deep-dish craving was too strong not to break COVID-19 protocols in Chicago earlier this year.
But if you are trading your ace — a guy who has double-digit wins in each of the past three seasons and strikes out more than a batter per inning, and is always flirting with a sub 3.00 ERA, shouldn’t you get back pieces that help you right now?
The Tribe may win this trade in the long term ass they got Cal Quantrill, along with the No. 7, No. 9, and 11th-ranked Padres prospects, but they are worse off for a 2020 title run.
Toronto Blue Jays +4600
I’ve already come out as a Canadian, a Torontonian, and a Raptors fan. New fun fact: lifelong Jays fan as well. But hear me out here!
While Toronto must go through the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays (+900), the Blue Jays addressed a slew of their most pressing needs. The Bluebirds added three starting pitchers, along with some speed and infield versatility in Jonathan Villar.
I would have liked to see them add some depth in the bullpen, but closer Ken Giles should be back soon. If Vladimir Guerrero Jr. can figure out his slump and Bo Bichette comes back from the IL swinging like he was pre-injury, then +4600 is an intriguing number to target.
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