Odds to win the AL East: +185
Odds to win the AL: +650
Odds to win the World Series: +1400
Toronto’s biggest stars were unable to carry the team to a division crown in 2022. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed up his MVP-level 2021 campaign with a “disappointing year” — relatively speaking, of course — where he slashed .274/.339/.480 with 32 home runs. Cavan Biggio was toeing the Mendoza Line all season and George Springer missed around 30 games due to injury.
Despite all of these struggles, the Blue Jays managed to stay within 10 games of the soaring Yankees. The additions of Chris Bassitt, Daulton Varsho, Kevin Kiermaier and Chad Green should only close the gap between the two. If Toronto’s core can get back to its best, the Blue Jays could be a steal at +185.
Odds to win the AL East: +360
Odds to win the AL: +1200
Odds to win the World Series: +2500
Tampa Bay is the silent assassin sitting in the middle of two groups. The Blue Jays and Yankees are seen as the contenders whereas the Orioles and Red Sox are rebuilding. The Rays? They’re the wild card.
Tampa Bay didn’t make headlines in the offseason, aside from signing Zach Eflin from the Philadelphia Phillies, but it rarely does. The Rays have always been a well-run ballclub relying on under-the-radar stars to succeed. This year will be no different and with Randy Arozarena getting back to his best in the World Baseball Classic, Tampa Bay (+360) could make some noise come October.
Odds to win the AL East: +1800
Odds to win the AL: +3500
Odds to win the World Series: +7000
While the Rays are considered the wild card, there’s no telling what the Boston Red Sox can do in 2023. Oddsmakers don’t give Alex Cora’s team much of a shot — probably due to the injury to star infielder Trevor Story — to win anything this season. However, the Red Sox signed a few capable veterans in the offseason who could be playing with a chip on their shoulder. Re-signing Rafael Devers and adding Masataka Yoshida look like fantastic bits of business in Boston too.
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