MLB Offseason Handicapping Tips

Another great season of baseball is in the books with the Washington Nationals stunning the betting world with its recent upset over the heavily favored Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series. 

Most sports bettors put Major League Baseball on the backburner heading into the end of the year given everything else on the sports betting board right now. However, there are a few simple ways to keep a close betting pulse on this sport so you are ready to go in early spring when the betting action starts back up.

Way Too Early MLB Odds to Win The 2020 World Series

Most online sportsbooks have already posted futures odds to win next year’s World Series. If you look around a bit, you might be able to find a few more betting options of the board for other MLB futures or some special MLB props. Any type of MLB bet this far in advance of a new season is going to be educated guesses at best. Yet, you still might be able to find some excellent value in the posted odds.

For example, one prominent online sportsbook has posted prop bet odds for Mike Trout’s chances to repeat as the American League’s Most Valuable Player. The betting odds heavily favor NO at -300, but there may be some serious value in the YES option at +200. He has already won this award three times in his stellar MLB career. He currently has a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Angels to add some consistency to this bet.

Aside from searching for special MLB betting opportunities early in the offseason, another activity that is worth some added time from a handicapping standpoint is a free agency tracker. This can be one of the most important offseason handicapping tools you will find. 

Player movement in the Majors is always a big part of the game. Huge contracts are unloaded right before the trade deadline in July of the regular season and this time of the year. Some of the biggest names in the Majors may also be on the move because their current contract expired or they have the option to test the free-agent waters. 

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All 30 MLB teams are looking to add the right pieces to make a legitimate run at next season’s World Series title. The current World Champion Nationals face some offseason issues keeping their starting rotation intact. Washington’s possible losses could be enough to propel some other teams to the top of the list if they are fortunate enough to land one of those big fish.

It is also important to stay on top of the less high-profile free-agent signings. There are a few teams that may only be an elite player or two away from having the right mix to win it all. Small deals add up if the right players end up in the right situation. Washington was third on the list to win the NL East in 2019 when it came to preseason MLB futures odds. The Nationals actually won the World Series as a wild card team but future runs to a title can be heavily impacted by what takes place in the winter months.

Another important aspect of MLB offseason handicapping is tracking the current injury report for each team. Some of those injuries will be fully healed by the 2020 season openers and some could drag on deep into summer or beyond.