The 2017 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 2017 National League MVP Award

Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs won the award last year. Bryant became the first Cubs player to take the  title of Most Valuable Player since Sammy Sosa back in 1998. Keep in mind this came just once season after winning the NL Rookie of the Year in 2015. Bryant received 29 of the possible 30 first place votes. Runner-up Daniel Murphy of the Nationals received the only other 1st place vote.

Typically when a player is in just his second season, you would expect a big payout on something like this. That wasn’t exactly the case. Bryant was listed at +900 coming into this season. Note that in 2015, Bryce Harper opened at 20 to 1 in the preseason. Looks like oddsmakers learned their lesson on not giving enough respect to the emerging young stars.

Player (Team)Odds
Kris Bryant (CHC)+200
Bryce Harper (WSH)+300
Corey Seager (LAD)+700
Nolan Arenado (COL)+1000
Anthony Rizzo (CHC)+1200
Any Pitcher (NL)+1200
Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)+1400
Joey Votto (CIN)+1600
Buster Posey (SF)+1600
Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)+2000
Justin Turner (LAD)+2500
Freddie Freeman (ATL)+2500
Trea Turner (WSH)+2500
Daniel Murphy (WSH)+2500
Andrew McCutchen (PIT)+2500
Kyle Schwarber (CHC)+3300
Christian Yelich (MIA)+4000
Anthony Rendon (WSH)+4000
Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)+4000
Matt Carpenter (STL)+6600
Yasiel Puig (LAD)+6600
Starling Marte (PIT)+6600

Not a big surprise to see Bryant listed as the overwhelming favorite at +200. The thing is, it’s extremely hard defend your title in back-to-back seasons. Especially when there’s so much young talent to compete with. The last player to win in consecutive seasons was Albert Pujols back in 2008 and 2009.

If you want to invest in a favorite, I think Harper at +300 is your best bet. He’s having a monster spring and should put up monster numbers if he can stay healthy. Corey Seager (+700) and Nolan Arenado (+1000) are a couple of other players who also figure to put up big numbers. Seager is definitely a strong candidate. The problem with Arenado is that he plays on a bad team and voters don’t always give these players the respect they deserve.

Updated American League MVP Betting Odds & Favorites to Win

Most expected Mike Trout to defend his MVP title in 2015. Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t let that happen. Donaldson hit .297 with 42 homers and 123 RBI on his way to winning the award.

Trout didn’t wait long to take back the hardware, winning the award last year. He’s now finished 1st or 2nd in each of his first 5 seasons in the big leagues. While there’s few that argue that Trout is the best player. Many skeptics criticize him winning on a bad team. The Los Angeles Angeles won just 74 games in 2016. At this point, don’t expect voters to change their opinion on him. Much like Kershaw in the NL when it comes to the Cy Young, you can pretty much lock in Trout to be in the running.

Player (Team)Odds
Mike Trout (LAA)+125
Josh Donaldson (TOR)+650
Manny Machado (BAL)+650
Mookie Betts (BOS)+750
Carlos Correa (HOU)+1000
Jose Altuve (HOU)+1200
Francisco Lindor (CLE)+1600
Miguel Cabrera (DET)+1600
Gary Sanchez (NYY)+2500
Robinson Cano (SEA)+2500
Any Pitcher (AL)+2500
Kyle Seager (SEA)+4000
George Springer (HOU)+4000
Adrian Beltre (TEX)+4000
Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)+5000
Nelson Cruz (SEA)+5000
Xander Bogaerts (BOS)+6600
Evan Longoria (TB)+6600
Brian Dozier (MIN)+6600
Chris Davis (BAL)+6600
Jose Bautista (TOR)+6600

The problem with Trout is that even if you bet him to win, the payout isn’t great. Last year he opened at +150 and this season he’s even lower at +125. The next best odds belong to Donaldson and Manny Machado at +650. Not to far behind those two is Mookie Betts at +750, Carlos Correa at +1000 and Jose Altuve at +1200.

I will say that I don’t hate the idea of gambling on one of the other top candidates. If I had to pick two, I would go with Machado and Betts, though all have a legit chance. As far as a sleeper is concerned, Robinson Cano (+2500) and Edwin Encarnacion (+5000) are a couple of options.