A's favored following trade deadline
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – Following a hectic MLB trade deadline, the Oakland A’s remain the favorites to win the 2014 World Series.
Oakland general manager Billy Beane has pushed all of his chips to the center of the pile and declared, “All in,” on the 2014 season. After acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on July 5, Beane acquired Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester at the trade deadline for slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Lester joins arguably the best rotation in baseball along with Samardzija, Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir. The bullpen is also outstanding and despite trading Cespedes, the offense remains potent as well.
Then again the A’s have had a ton of issues with the Tigers over the years and after Beane acquired Lester, Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski doubled-down by acquiring David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays. Price joins a stacked rotation that features fellow Cy Young winners Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. While Detroit’s bullpen isn’t anywhere near as loaded as Oakland’s is, the Tigers’ offense is just as dangerous depending on health.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the A’s remain the favorites to win the 2014 World Series at 4/1, while the Tigers are and Los Angeles Dodgers are both 5/1 to win, respectively. The Angels and Nationals are 10/1, while the Cardinals are now 11/1 and the Giants are 12/1. The Blue Jays are 14/1, while the Orioles and Brewers are 16/1, respectively.
The Dodgers were rumored to be interested in Price and if they acquired him, they may have valuted ahead of the A’s in terms of World Series odds, but L.A. decided to stay pat with what it has. St. Louis made two moves, acquiring John Lackey from the Red Sox and Justin Masterson from the Indians, while the Nationals dealt for Cleveland infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. The Giants, meanwhile, stayed pat after acquiring Jake Peavy last weekend.
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