With so many sports activities on the betting board in the final month of the year, baseball takes a backseat with most bettors. Other than betting futures to win next season’s World Series, there is not all that much in play right now at your favorite online sportsbook.

What most professional handicappers recommend is to stay current with any sport you bet on whether it is highlighting the betting board or hibernating in the offseason. The NFL and, to a certain extent, the NBA tend to dominate betting news sites on an almost year-round basis. These are clearly the two biggest betting sports on a professional level, so the coverage they receive is understood.

This Past Season’s Best MLB Betting Teams

There is always something going on in Major League Baseball during the winter months leading right up to spring training in February. Free agency signings would top the list. Yet, any form of player movement would be noteworthy this time of year. 

At the top of the list is a report that starting pitchers’ Gerrit Cole of the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg will each meet with the New York Yankees in the coming week. Both players top the list of available free agents. If just one of these pitchers (especially Gerrit) lands in the Yankees’ starting rotation, it would have a big impact on New York’s MLB futures odds to win the 2020 Fall Classic.

More free agent moves could be in the works in December. The winter meetings in San Diego start on Monday, Dec. 9 and they could spark some activity across the entire league. It was reported that 56 players became non-tendered on Dec. 1. This adds even more players to the free-agent pool since this list chose to bypass arbitration.

The Washington Nationals will begin next season as reigning champs but they are under the gun to keep last year’s roster intact. It was also reported that third baseman Anthony Rendon has had some preliminary talks with the Texas Rangers as another high-profile Washington free agent. It looks like some of the Nationals have decided to go after the money in their next contract after adding a world title to their MLB career resume in 2019.

MLB Offseason Handicapping Tips

A full list of recent deals can be found at many MLB-specific websites. This is a great way to keep track of which teams other than the Nationals are gearing up for a deeper run in 2020.

As far as brushing up on your MLB offseason betting knowledge, this is a great time of the year to take a quick glance at some pertinent stats such as:

•    Betting trends on the total line
•    Pitching trends
•    Interleague statistics and trends
•    Futures markets
•    Updated injury reports

2018-2019 Scores&Stats MLB Betting Power Rankings: Return on Investment

This is the kind of offseason information that can help your overall MLB handicapping skills while also keeping you current with the sport. You can also brush up on which professional MLB handicappers posted a winning season with their selection packages. This could end up being a big part of your 2020 MLB betting strategy if you decide to invest some of your bankroll on a weekly selection package.

No matter what you do, you should make some effort to keep tabs on the MLB offseason. It could pay dividends down the road when the Great American Pastime returns to action.

About the Author

A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites.  I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.

It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.

The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.

My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.

I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.

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