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Sale Price is High but Makes BoSox Front Runners

Sale Price is High but Makes BoSox Front Runners

When you think of baseball, about the last thing you think of is the month of December.  But, in many ways, December just might be the most interesting, and the most important, months of the year in determining the future of baseball’s top teams.

If the Boston Red Sox weren’t part of your World Series thinking prior to baseball’s Winter Meetings, they likely are now.  In a blockbuster deal, the Sox acquired left-hander Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox for Yoan Moncada and three top prospects–minor league right-handed pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz and outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe.  The price for Sale was high as Boston needed to depart with power hitting Cuban infielder Moncada.  Moncada had a strong year at Single-A and Double-A and was the top-ranked prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America at midseason.

As for the Red Sox, they land Sale, 27, for three years at the low cost of $51.5 million if they exercise a club option for 2019. And suddenly, they boast a deadly left-right-left combo of David Price, Rick Porcello, and Sale, who went 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA and 233 strikeouts in 226 2/3 innings last season.  That’s likely the best top trio of starters in MLB.  It’s hard to believe, but Cy Young Award winning Rick Porcello may now be the #3 guy in the rotation.

Baseball fans have certainly noticed and so have the oddsmakers in Vegas.  In fact, the Red Sox are now the second favorite to the Chicago Cubs to hoist baseball’s ultimate award, the World Series trophy, in November.  Prior to acquiring Sale, the Red Sox were 9-1 to win the World Series along with the Dodgers.  After the acquisition of Sale, Boston has dropped to 11-2 with only the Cubs coming in better at 15-4.  What that means is that a bettor would win $11 for every $2 bet on the Red Sox to win the World Series.  The rest of the pack shows the Washington Nationals at 9-1, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros at 12-1, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants at 14-1.  The Toronto Blue Jays at 20-1 look like an interesting pick as do the St. Louis Cardinals at 25-1.  Oddsmakers think little of the Brewers, Athletics, Diamondbacks, Reds, Twins, Phillies, and Padres who are all at 100-1 and likely should have even longer odds.

At a time when football betting is dominating sports gamblers thoughts, it might just be a good time to toss some bucks toward your favorite ball club for 2017.  Just don’t put any money on the Padres.

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