Spring Training has been under way for a couple of weeks in Major League Baseball, but until recently, two of its biggest free agents were still unsigned. With under a month until the regular season begins, both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper now have new teams and the sports betting market is taking notice.
Machado and Harper being off the free-agent market definitely had an immediate effect on NJ sports betting and the World Series futures odds that are currently available at NJ sportsbooks. Here at BonusSeeker, we will use MLB odds from FanDuel Sportsbook to analyze how World Series odds have been influenced by each player’s signing.
Bryce Harper’s Impact On MLB World Series Future Odds
On February 28, star outfielder Bryce Harper’s ride as an unrestricted free agent finally came to an end when he agreed to a massive deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The six-time MLB All-Star and former MVP set the mark for the biggest contract ever at $330 million over 13 years, and remains in the NL East with his former team, the Washington Nationals.
As evidenced by these FanDuel Sportsbooks MLB futures odds, the Phillies had the ninth-lowest sports betting futures odds in MLB at +1800 before the Harper deal ands the fifth-lowest in the NL.
After the signing of Harper, the Phillies jumped all the way to +1300 and to the seventh-lowest odds in MLB. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, only the Dodgers and Cubs National League teams more likely to win the World Series than Philadelphia. At +1300, the Phillies pass the Braves and now have the lowest odds to win the championship than any NL East team. If you had Philadelphia in anticipation of Harper signing, you’ve scored a major win on your MLB futures odds.
The sports betting odds say the Phillies are one of the National League’s major threats to win the title now that Harper is aboard, but they’ll be plenty of work to do. The truth is, they may not even be the best team in their own division.
The NL East looks like it could be four-team race with the Nationals, Braves and Mets. It sure will be interesting, though, to see Harper regularly match up with his old team while keeping the save rivals in Atlanta and New York.
Manny Machado’s Impact On MLB World Series Future Odds
The first domino to fall of the two was infielder Manny Machado, who was officially inked to a 10-year, $300 mega deal with the San Diego Padres on February 21.
The signing of the four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner saw a huge change in World Series futures odds for a team that wasn’t initially anyone’s radar to contend in the NL West this season. Let’s see how MLB futures oddsmakers accounted for the arrival of a stud like Machado in San Diego.
Before signing Machado, the FanDuel Sportsbook app had the Padres at astronomical +10000 odds to take home the World Series trophy. Despite the odds taking a hit after the signing, San Diego’s sports betting futures odds dropped to a still incredibly generous price of +6600. Since then, the payout has even grown a bit more, and the Padres are currently +7500 to win it all this season.
After being traded to the Dodgers and making a run to the World Series, Machado too decided to stay inside the division like Harper did. The difference between Harper and Machado? Harper’s new team may actually have a chance to win the World Series.
Although the Padres are stacked with young talent throughout the organization, their odds are as high as they are for a reason. Machado helps, but this is a team that is the third-best in its own division going into this season, at best. As the FanDuel Sportsbook futures odds show, both players clearly have huge impacts on their new teams, but Harper’s Phillies are the only one of the two worth a bet.