2016 World Series Odds: Which Teams Improved After MLB Trade Deadline?
The 2016 MLB trade deadline has arrived, and it’s sparked several moves with the clock ticking.
Some big names are changing teams, and some may even have a hand in improving their new team’s playoff odds.
Let’s take a look at the biggest trades and see if any team’s increased their shot at a title this season:
Chicago was already the favorite (3/1 odds to win the 2016 World Series) and they started as such before the 2016 MLB season even began.
The Cubs have the best overall offense in the league, and they also have high level pitching with stud Jake Arrieta leading the way.
They got even better before the trade deadline, adding elite closer Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the New York Yankees.
Chicago now has the top shelf pitching, elite offense and potentially the elite closing to go from World Series favorite to actual World Series champs.
The Indians currently rest in the top four spots when it comes to World Series odds (7/1) and their odds only increased with the addition of top shelf closer Andrew Miller.
Yankees and Indians agree to a deal that sends reliever Andrew Miller to Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/gi8l5WYq6o
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 31, 2016
Miller projects as their top closer going forward, and with a healthy offense and a slew of aces at their disposal, this is the deepest and most talented we’ve seen the Indians in years.
The Tribe even added a versatile hitter in Brandon Guyer, who can play all over the outfield and even brings a little pop to the table. Cleveland was already a serious threat to chase a title, but adding Miller just might push them over the top.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers probably aren’t doing anything until a healthy Clayton Kershaw returns, but when he does he’ll be joined by some solid reinforcements that just might boot L.A.’s slumping 15/2 World Series odds.
Perhaps it’s because they currently trail the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, but it feels like the Dodgers are being a tad overlooked. Josh Reddick and Rich Hill come over in a trade with the Athletics, potentially providing a big bat and solid outfielder, as well as an elite arm that can help anchor one of baseball’s best defenses.
The Dodgers acquire OF Josh Reddick and LHP Rich Hill from @Athletics for minor-league RHP Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes and Frankie Montas.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 1, 2016
Hill is a top shelf ace when healthy, but the Dodgers didn’t stop there with their arms, as they also nabbed Jesse Chavez, who could fill in nicely as a relief pitcher.
Kershaw’s pending return not withstanding, the Dodgers could quickly leap frog the Giants and vie for a title.
Texas may have had the best trade deadline of any team, as they added star catcher Jonathan Lucroy to a team that already boasted one of the best offenses in all of the majors.
Texas also added aging masher Carlos Beltran, giving their offense two nice additions and enough ammo to bang heads with just about anyone.
The Rangers did fail to land another big arm, but with Yu Darvish’s return and Cole Hamels looking good, Texas may be able to get by. Their offense needs to stay dialed in and their top two aces can’t mess up, however.
Overall, this is the Cubs’ race to lose. These four teams got better during the trade deadline, but it’s Chicago who was already a big favorite and not much changes with all of the moves. Of course, everyone’s tune could change come the actual World Series if the Cubs go up against someone like the Boston Red Sox, who can match offensive wits with anyone.
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