The Los Angeles Dodgers experienced another surge at the top of the 2022 World Series odds chart after pulling off a six-year, $162 million deal for long-time Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.
The NL West side now boasts one of the most imposing lineups the game has ever seen — a relentless attack of offensive firepower, at least on paper. Freeman is the third former MVP winner in the team’s projected 2022 lineup:
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Their odds are nearly half of what the second-closest National League team has, which is the reloading New York Mets, who have experienced a successful offseason themselves by bolstering their pitching staff with Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt while adding the likes of Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha to its lineup.
Across the Big Apple, the Yankees still hold the fifth-best World Series odds despite having a less-than-inspiring offseason. Notable moves include the acquisition of Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa from the Minnesota Twins and the re-signing of Anthony Rizzo at first base.
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Their inactivity has seen their AL East rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays, blow by them for the fourth-best World Series odds after they made a splash in acquiring All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman from the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday morning.
But from an American League standpoint, the Houston Astros are still the favorites to represent the junior circuit in the World Series — though much of that has to do with the speculation that All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa will re-sign with the team.
Here is how the current odds stack up (click “World Series Winner” from the drop-down menu below):
2022 World Series odds