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FrontPageBets sizes up top-10 World Series favorites in wake of MLB trade deadline moves

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Juan Soto's move from the Nationals to the Padres was the biggest swap of the trade deadline.

Even in an action-packed Major League Baseball trade deadline, a number of teams opted to avoid being clear-cut buyers or sellers.

The blatant buyers went all-in, setting themselves up for potential deep playoff runs. Others stood their ground, confident the personnel they’ve had all season is the right group to get the job done in August and September.

With new faces now in new places causing a few shifts in the World Series winner futures board, FrontPageBets looks at the 10 teams with the best odds to win in 2022, according to DraftKings.

Los Angeles Dodgers (+370)

The Dodgers were +380 prior to All-Star break and elected to make a few minor moves to improve. And even after missing out on outfielder Juan Soto. L.A. is still the favorite to win the World Series.

Los Angeles acquired right-hander Chris Martin from the Chicago Cubs on Saturday before snagging outfielders German Tapia and Joey Gallo. Although DraftKings considers the Dodgers the favorites, Los Angeles has the second-best odds on FanDuel (+350) behind the New York Yankees.

New York Yankees (+390)

One of New York’s earliest moves brought right-handers Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino to the Bronx. To make up for the loss of Gallo, the Yankees traded left-hander Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals for defensive wunderkind center fielder Harrison Bader. New York had also snagged Andrew Benintendi for a package of minor leaguers, giving it one of the best, deepest outfields in the major leagues.

The Yankees were +400 back in mid-July, so there hasn’t been all that much line movement as much as validation the team is among baseball’s best.

Houston Astros (+475)

Although they already had a comfortable lead in the American League West, the Astros proved to be buyers at the deadline, adding outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini, catcher Christian Vazquez and left-handed reliever Will Smith.

Aside from right-hander Jake Odorizzi, Houston didn’t have to give up much, making its deadline performance a success.

New York Mets (+650)

As its pitching staff crawls back to full health thanks to the return of Jacob deGrom, New York didn’t feel the need for a cannonball.

The Mets traded for Daniel Vogelbach on July 23 and then went on to acquire outfielders Tyler Naquin and Darin Ruf as they attempt to fend off the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.  

Atlanta Braves (+1000)

The defending champions’ highlight of the deadline was signing third baseman Austin Riley to a 10-year, $212 million contract. They were relatively active one year after under-the-radar adds such as Jorge Soler paid off in the playoffs.

Left-hander Kris Anglin was sent to Detroit for outfielder Robbie Grossman, and the Braves also dealt Will Smith to Houston for Odorizzi. They sent right-hander Jesse Chavez to the Los Angeles Angels for right-hander Raisel Iglesias as well. In a smaller move, Atlanta dealt outfielder Trey Harris to the Washington Nationals for infielder Ehire Adrianza.

San Diego Padres (+1100)

There was perhaps no splash bigger during the trade deadline than the one made by the Padres. With a convincing starting pitching staff, the offensive potential of the Padres is frightening with 23-year-old All-Star Soto in the lineup.

San Diego was +2200 on Monday, but significantly upped those odds by pulling off a blockbuster trade with the Nationals that brings Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to account for the loss of Eric Hosmer, who was traded to the Boston Red Sox. Adding left-handed closer Josh Hader and infielder Brandon Drury wasn’t too shabby, either.

Toronto Blue Jays (+1200)

Toronto is already a contender in the American League, and it made a couple moves to improve its chances to make a deep playoff run.

Right-handers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop will be coming over from the Miami Marlins for highly-touted prospect Jordan Groshans, and Whit Merrifield was acquired from the Kansas City Royals.

Milwaukee Brewers (+2200)

With Hader now in San Diego, Milwaukee’s bullpen certainly isn’t what it used to be.

But to make up for his departure, the Brewers brought in a couple of veterans in right-handers Matt Bush and Trevor Rosenthal. However, Rosenthal has not pitched since 2020, so it’ll be interesting to see how the 32-year-old looks back on the mound.

Chicago White Sox (+3500)

Following a rumored play for Angels All-Star Shohei Ohtani, it was a very sleepy deadline for Tony La Russa and the White Sox, who sit two games out of first place in the AL Central as of Wednesday morning.

Chicago acquired left-hander Jake Diekman from the Red Sox in exchange for catcher Reese McGuire. The White Sox sit at +4500 on FanDuel, making its DK value a bit higher than expected, especially for a team that hasn’t really been able to put everything together this season.

Philadelphia Phillies (+4500)

With a high-powered offense, it’s pretty clear the Phillies put an emphasis on acquiring pitchers at the deadline.

They added right-hander Noah Syndergaard while sending outfielder Mickey Moniak and a player to be named later to the Angels, and also nabbed right-handed reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs.

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