The 2018 MLB regular season will be here before you know it. That means it’s time to take a serious look at the future odds.

The odds to win the World Series is the most talked about future bet leading up to the new season.¬†However, it’s not the only one worth paying attention to.

One of my favorites is the regular season win totals. Oddsmakers set a number of wins for each team and you can bet on them to go over or under that mark.

You can also bet on who will take home the Most Valuable Player in each league or who will take home the Cy Young award.

Today I’m going to focus on the MVP betting odds for both the American League and National League.

Current Odds to win 2018 National League MVP Award

Last year Marlins’ outfield Giancarlo Stanton finally put it all together and won the NL MVP. Stanton blasted a league best 59 home runs (next best in the NL was Cody Bellinger at 39), while hitting .281 with a .376 OBP and .631 SLG.

Despite everyone knowing that the potential was there for a season like this from Stanton, he was a considerable long-shot to win the MVP going into the year at +4000.

Keep in mind that Stanton didn’t runaway with the award. He finished just 2 voting points ahead of Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto (each received 10 first place votes).

For those wondering, Cubs’ third baseman Kris Bryant was the odds on favorite in 2016 at +200.

Player (Team)Odds
Bryce Harper (WAS)+300
Kris Bryant (CHC)+400
Nolan Arenado (COL)+500
Paul Goldschmidt (ARZ)+800
Joey Votto (CIN)+900
Cody Bellinger (LAD)+1200
Corey Seager (LAD)+1500
Anthony Rizzo (CHC)+1800
Freddie Freeman (ATL)+1800
Charlie Blackmon (COL)+2500
Clayton Kershaw (LAD)+3000
Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)+3300
Anthony Rendon (WAS)+3300
Max Scherzer (WAS)+3500
Marcell Ozuna (STL)+4000
Justin Turner (LAD)+5000
Eric Hosmer (SD)+5000
Buster Posey (SF)+5000
Rhys Hoskins (PHI)+6000
Trea Turner (WAS)+8000
Daniel Murphy (NYM)+8000
Tommy Pham (STL)+8000
Jake Lamb (ARZ)+10000
Evan Longoria (SF)+10000
Jay Bruce (NYM)+10000
Ryan Zimmerman (WAS)+10000
Kyle Schwarber (CHC)+10000
Wil Myers (SD)+10000
Yasiel Puig (LAD)+10000
Lorenzo Cain (MIL)+10000
Wilson Contreras (CHC)+12500
Ronald Acuna Jr (ATL)+25000

Heading into 2018, the odds on favorite to win the award is Nationals’ outfielder Byrce Harper at +300. Not too far behind him you have Bryant at +400, Nolan Arenado at +500, Paul Goldschmidt at +800 and Joey Votto at +900.

The next tier of contenders starts out with Bellinger at +1200, followed by Corey Seager at +1500, Anthony Rizzo and Freddie Freeman at +1800 and Charlie Blackmon at +2500.

Updated American League MVP Betting Odds & Favorites to Win

Any time Mike Trout doesn’t win the AL MVP I think it comes as surprise, though Trout has failed to win the award each of the last two seasons. Last year also marked the first time since he came into the league that he didn’t finish in the top two in voting (finished 4th).

There was plenty of debate on whether Houston’s Jose Altuve or New York’s Aaron Judge deserved to win the MVP in 2017, but the voting results show it was a pretty clear-cut race with Altuve receiving 405 voting points to Judge’s 279 (Altuve received 27 of 30 first place votes). In fact, the gap between Judge and 3rd place finisher Jose Ramirez was closer than Judge was to catching Altuve.

Player (Team)Odds
Mike Trout (LAA)+130
Jose Altuve (HOU)+600
Carlos Correa (HOU)+1100
Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)+1200
Francisco Lindor (CLE)+1200
Aaron Judge (NYY)+1800
Josh Donaldson (TOR)+2000
Manny Machado (BAL)+2200
J.D. Martinez (BOS)+2500
Mookie Betts (BOS)+2500
Jose Ramirez (CLE)+3000
Gary Sanchez (NYY)+3000
George Springer (HOU)+3500
Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)+5000
Chris Sale (BOS)+5000
Nelson Cruz (SEA)+6000
Brian Dozier (MIN)+6000
Robinson Cano (SEA)+6000
Jonathan Schoop (BAL)+6000
Migeul Sano (MIN)+6000
Corey Kluber (CLE)+6600
Miguel Cabrera (DET)+8000
Justin Uptin (LAA)+8000
Jose Abreu (CHW)+9000
Matt Olson (OAK)+9000
Khris Davis (OAK)+9000
Andrew Benintendi (BOS)+9000
Adam Jones (BAL)+10000
Kyle Seager (SEA)+10000
Shohei Ohtani (LAA)+10000
Alex Bregman (HOU)+10000
Xander Bogaerts (BOS)+10000
Byron Buxton (MIN)+10000
Adrian Beltre (TEX)+12500

No surprise that the oddsmakers have made Trout the overwhelming favorite to win it all at +130. As you might expect, Altuve has the second best odds and he’s all the way back at +600. The problem with Trout is that even if you bet him to win, the payout isn’t great.

Trout and Altuve are the only players listed with odds of 10 to 1 or better. Houston’s Carlos Correa has the next best odds of any player at +1100, followed closely by Stanton and Francisco Lindor at +1200 and Judge at +1800.

The next tier starts with 2016 AL MVP Josh Donaldson at +2000. Then comes my biggest value play on the board in Baltimore’s Manny Machado at +2200, who is just ahead of Red Sox teammates J.D. Martinez and Mookie Bets at +2500.