Padres’ World Series odds climb
SAN DIEGO, CA (The Spread) – The Padres’ 2015 World Series odds have unsurprisingly climbed following multiple trades for Major League outfielders this week.
New general manager A.J. Preller decided to jump head first into the offseason by trading for three impact outfielders this week. He first agreed to acquire Matt Kemp from division rival L.A. in a deal that also sent catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitching prospects Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin to the Dodgers.
Preller then traded for Rays’ outfielder Wil Myers as well as Ryan Hanigan and two minor leagues in exchange for Steven Souza, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith and two minor leagues. The Padres also parted with 2014 first-round pick Trea Turner and former top prospect Joe Ross, who were sent to the Nationals.
Obviously not content with acquiring two bats for the middle of the order, Preller acquired starting catcher and 2014 All-Star Derek Norris from the A’s in exchange for minor league Seth Streich and an international signing slot for pitchers Jese Hahn and R.J. Alvarez.
Finally, the Padres acquired Justin Upton and Aaron Northcraft from the Braves in exchange for left-hander Max Fried, infielder Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith and internationals bonus slot money. Upton batted .270 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI for the Braves last season.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Padres went from 40/1 to win the 2015 World Series to 18/1. That gives the Pads the same odds as the Orioles and Blue Jays.