The 2016 MLB season is just around the corner. 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 win the Most Valuable Player in each league or who will take home the Cy Young award.
There’s also several other future wagers for individual performances. You can bet on if a player will go over/under a set batting average, home run total, RBI’s etc. I’ve got a full list of player prop bets for you to check out.
Today I’m going to focus on the MVP betting odds for both the American League and National League.
NL MVP Odds
Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals won the award last year. Harper received all 30 first place votes. Becoming the youngest player to unanimously take home the trophy at age 23.
Those that backed Harper prior to the season were rewarded nicely. He went off at 20 to 1 odds. Six different players had better odds to start the year and any pitcher was listed at +550.
As you can see, there’s value to be had when betting on futures like this one. Let’s take a look at the betting odds for 2016.
Not a big surprise to see Harper listed as the overwhelming favorite at +200, given the season he is coming off of. The next best odds belong to Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton at +600. Followed closely by Andrew McCutchen (+700), Paul Goldschmidt (+750) and Kris Bryant (+900).
For those of you wondering. The last player to win the award in consecutive seasons was Albert Pujols back in 2008 and 2009.
You can make a strong case for any of the favorites, but there’s several others on the list worthy a look. Two of my favorite sleepers are Anthony Rizzo (+1400) and Yoenis Cespedes (+2500).
AL MVP Odds
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.
Like Harper, Donaldson was well down the list to start last season. He went off at 16 to 1, tied with Hanley Ramirez for the 5th best odds.
Another good reminder that it’s not always the favorites who you want to focus on. Here’s the 2016 odds for the American League MVP.
As you can see, Trout is once again the favorite. He’s currently listed at +225, slightly ahead of Donaldson (+400) and Manny Machado (+700)
Keep in mind that Trout was the runner-up last year and is still considered by many as the best player in the game. It certainly would not come as a shock if he were to take home the award once again.
For those of you who are looking for value. I believe there’s a number of players in the AL that have a shot. A few guys just outside the favorites I like are Robinson Cano (+250o), Jose Abreu (+2500) and Carlos Correa (+3300).
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