With Spring training just weeks away and the 2021 Opening Day scheduled for April 1st, it is officially time to start looking at the contenders and favorites to win the World Series.
Let’s take a look at some of the top teams favored to win the World Series and see how their offseason has gone.
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National League Contenders
Los Angeles Dodgers (+550)
No question the defending World Series Champions are the favorites in the NL and currently, Vegas sees them as the best team in the MLB. The Dodgers bolstered their bullpen signing three relievers Blake Treinen, Tommy Kahnle, and Pedro Baez. It will be interesting to see if the Dodgers re-sign free agent Justin Turner who has been a major contributor on offense for the Dodgers.
San Diego Padres (+900)
Slam Diego as they call them has been very busy since being swept by the Dodgers in the postseason. No question the Padres can hit the ball, but San Diego tried to sure up their pitching staff trading for both Cy Young winner Blake Snell and Cy Young runner up Yu Darvish.
Atlanta Braves (+1100)
The Atlanta Braves led by NL MVP Freddie Freeman and All-Star Ronald Ocuna Jr joined by shortstop Dansby Swanson have a lot to appreciate. With outfielder Marcel Ozuna still a free agent the Braves need to re-sign him to be a real contender in the NL.
New York Mets (+1300)
New Mets Owner Steve Cohen has given the Mets a lot to be excited about this season. Acquiring Francisco Lindor has lit a fire under the fanbase and the clubhouse. If the Mets can land RHP Trevor Bauer they can jump even higher into contention in the NL.
St. Louis Cardinals (+2100)
Recently the St. Louis Cardinals acquired All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies bolstering an already very good infield. The Cardinals were also able to re-sign veteran catcher Yadier Molina. The National League is filled with a lot of good baseball teams, it will be an uphill climb for St.Louis but they have some serious bats in their lineup.
American League Contenders
New York Yankees (+650)
A major question this offseason was will the Yankees pay D.J. LeMahieu and to no surprise, the Yankees paid up when it mattered. LeMahieu is one of the best hitters in all of baseball and a stellar leadoff bat in a powerful lineup. The Yankees ultimately let Masahiro Tanaka walk in free agency, but filled his spot by trading for RHP Jameson Taillon of the Pirates and also signed RHP Corey Kluber to a one-year deal. The Yankees also added lefty Darren O’Day to sure up the bullpen.
Chicago White Sox (+1050)
The White Sox are a very young team that got on the wrong side of the injury bug in the 2020 playoffs. The meat of the lineup is lethal with Tim Beckham, Yoán Moncada, José Abreu, and Eloy Jiménez. Even though the White Sox are young, they also have two very good pitchers in Michael Kopech and Lucas Giolito who threw a no-hitter in 2020. Expect the White Sox to make a lot of noise this year.
Tampa Bay Rays (+2100)
The Tampa Bay Rays are defending American League Champions, but many do not expect them to make it far in the playoffs in 2021. Now, these expectations are understandable as they traded Blake Snell their Cy Young award winning pitcher. Tampa Bay also lost RHP Charlie Morton to the Braves, this is a much different team than the 2020 Rays.
Toronto Blue Jays (+2600)
Similar to the White Sox, the Blue Jays have a ton of young bats that will carry their team. Toronto added reliever Kirby Yates to bolster the bullpen but made a huge splash signing outfielder George Springer from the Houston Astros. Springer is added to a lineup with Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Vladamir Guerrero Jr. No matter who is pitching that is a dangerous lineup.
2021 MLB Season
There are a ton of talented baseball teams this upcoming season. The season cannot start any sooner and fans have a lot of good baseball coming in hot. It will be interesting to see if the favorites Dodgers and Yankees are able to hold off a ton of young hungry inexperienced baseball teams.