There hasn’t even been a victory parade for the Giants yet, but gambling website Bodog.com has posted odds on all 30 teams winning the World Series next season.
Not surprisingly, the Yankees lead the way at 4-to-1 while the reigning champs in San Francisco open at 10-to-1 (which is a big improvement from this season, when they opened at 25-to-1).
Here are all the odds:
Yankees 4/1 Cubs 30/1
Phillies 6/1 Tigers 35/1
Giants 10/1 Marlins 35/1
Red Sox 10/1 Athletics 35/1
Cardinals 14/1 Mets 40/1
Rays 14/1 Blue Jays 50/1
Rangers 16/1 Astros 65/1
Twins 16/1 Brewers 65/1
Braves 18/1 Mariners 70/1
Rockies 18/1 Orioles 75/1
Reds 20/1 D-Backs 80/1
Padres 20/1 Indians 80/1
White Sox 22/1 Nationals 80/1
Dodgers 22/1 Royals 125/1
Angels 25/1 Pirates 150/1
For entertainment purposes only, of course.
It occurs to me that maybe one of the reasons for all of the incremental rumors about Manny Machado that I mentioned earlier this morning is that he’s . . . already traded? Basically anyway?
I say this based on the latest report from Olney in which he says that the Orioles have the structure of a Manny Machado trade in place and are “going through the medicals/paperwork portion of the transaction.” He quickly adds that the Dodgers “have been very invested” in pursuing Machado but that “a deal is not finished yet.”
Here’s the actual tweet, since we’re parsing words:
As someone who has read trade rumors like it’s his job for the past decade, mostly because it is his job, here’s what Olney’s tweet says to me (and yes, this is all speculation, but it makes a ton of sense):
1. The Orioles have agreed to trade Machado, probably to the Dodgers since they’re mentioned first, but no one has given Buster the OK to actually report it as a done deal. The “not finished yet” is protection, showing that he didn’t spill the beans, but the mention of the Dodgers is a wink to folks to let them know that, yep, he knows what time it is;
2. They probably haven’t given him the OK to report it as a done deal because they want Machado to appear in the All-Star Game as an Oriole;
3. The second he’s removed from the game tonight, the news goes public. Or, if MLB is putting its finger on the scale and doesn’t want to distract from the All-Star Game, the second the game is over. Personally, though, if I was MLB I’d let the news come out during the game because people will stay tuned to wait for it.
Anyway, like I said, speculation. But I feel like it’s right.