The Atlanta Braves made the first real big splash in free agency. Also, the top free agent on the board have yet to find a home and the two favorites to win the World Series continue to see their MLB odds depreciate. Check out what’s happening in Major League Baseball!
MLB COVID-19 Update – December 2nd Edition
2021 MLB Season
- When: Thursday, April 1 – Friday, October 1
- Where: Various
2021 World Series Odds
- Los Angeles Dodgers +425
- New York Yankees +550
- San Diego Padres +800
- Tampa Bay Rays +1000
- Atlanta Braves +1100
- Minnesota Twins +1200
- Chicago White Sox +10000
- Oakland Athletics +1500
- Houston Astros +1600
- Cleveland Indians +1600
- Cincinnati Reds +1600
- Chicago Cubs +2500
- New York Mets +3000
- Washington Nationals +3000
- St. Louis Cardinals +3300
- Toronto Blue Jays +3300
- Philadelphia Phillies +3500
- L.A. Angels +4000
- Boston Red Sox +5000
- Milwaukee Brewers +5000
- Miami Marlins +5000
- San Francisco Giants +6600
- Arizona Diamondbacks +6600
- Colorado Rockies +7500
- Seattle Mariners +7500
- Baltimore Orioles +7500
- Detroit Tigers +7500
- Kansas City Royals +8000
- Texas Rangers +10000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +12500
Braves make first big offseason move by signing Charlie Morton
Up until the World Series, Morton had been one of the greatest post-season pitchers in history. Morton figures to take up the second or third spot in Atlanta’s rotation, either ahead of Mike Soroka or behind Soroka.
Max Fried is the undisputed ace. Morton doesn’t mind. He’s never been the ace pitcher on any rotation during his career. Morton, like always, will do his job once the Braves call his number.
If Ian Anderson proves he can throw well for an entire 162 game season, Atlanta has a rotation that could challenge the Dodgers’ as the best in MLB. Fried, Morton, Soroka and Anderson all have ace pitcher ability.
It makes sense why Atlanta would go after Morton. They know, like every NL Team, that all roads to the Fall Classic go through Chavez-Ravine. If you can’t beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, you can’t win the National League. Adding Morton helps the Braves take a step closer to beating their top league rivals.
Trevor Bauer, top overall free agent, has yet to sign
Most agree that 2020 NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer is the top free agent on the board. Bauer rejected an offer from his current team, the Cincinnati Reds. He said he’d consider playing in Cincinnati this season, but after rejecting the first offer, he’s likely to be on the move.
So far, most baseball analysts believe Bauer ends up a New York Mets, in Los Angeles with the Angels, a Chicago White Sox, or playing for the San Diego Padres. The Braves were on the list, but they signed Morton, signaling they’re not willing to pay Bauer’s asking price.
Where will Trevor end up calling home in 2021? The guess here is that Bauer heads to another National League city. He had awesome success throwing for the Reds. The former Cleveland pitcher didn’t fare as well against AL batters.
Why would Trevor change leagues after winning a Cy Young? Cincinnati is a real possibility, but the Mets and Padres would also be great places for Bauer.
Every ace starter in the league wants to throw at Petco Park in San Diego, the most friendly pitcher’s park in MLB. So, don’t be surprised if Bauer ends up a Padre.
Odds on Dodgers and Yankees are underlaid because free agency hasn’t really started
If you like the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Yankees to win next year’s World Series, consider taking a pass on backing either at the current odds. If Bauer does end up going to a contender, the White Sox or Padres as an example, that team’s odds should go down and push the odds on LAD and NYY to rise.
That’s not always the way it works. In this case, it certainly could work that way, though. Better to be patient and figure out where players like George Springer, Bauer, and DJ LeMahieu end up before dumping on the Yankees or Dodgers.
Have a great rest of your week!