Padres' WS Odds Improve Dramatically
How much did the San Diego Padres’ World Series odds for 2019 improve following the signing of Manny Machado? Here’s a look at the latest MLB futures, with a focus on the significant movement involving the Padres.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Padres are now 55/1 to win the World Series and 28/1 to win the National League pennant following the signing of Machado on Tuesday. San Diego opened with 120/1 odds to win the World Series when oddsmakers released the 2019 MLB futures last year, although the Padres were 100/1 before the signing. The Padres were also 60/1 to win the NL pennant when the odds were released, but 50/1 before signing their new superstar.
Jeff Passan of ESPN was the first to report that the Padres had reached a contract agreement with Machado. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com added that the deal is for 10 years at $300 million, which would be the largest free-agent contract in the history of American sports. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports writes that there’s an opt-out after the fifth year of the deal, which means Machado could test the free agent market again after his age-30 season.
While the Padres’ World Series odds changed dramatically, the Dodgers remain the favorites to win the NL pennant at 4/1, followed by the Cubs at 11/2 and the Phillies at 6/1. Speaking of Philadelphia, the Phillies seem to be the front-runners to add Bryce Harper, although the Nationals (7/1 to win the pennant) remain an option as well.
The Yankees, meanwhile, have the best odds to win the World Series at 6/1, although the Red Sox and Astros are listed right behind the Bombers at 7/1, respectively. The Dodgers are 8/1 to win the Fall Classic after falling just short in back-to-back years, while the Cubs are 10/1. The Indians, Phillies and Cardinals are all 12/1, respectively.