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MLB trade deadline shook the league’s power balance

Major moves saw volatile odds swings

MLB trade deadline shook the league’s power balance

The NBA has free agency, the NFL has the draft, and MLB has its chaotic, masterful trade deadline that didn’t disappoint. This week saw the Yankees, Padres, Dodgers, Astros, and many more teams in contention take massive swings.

Let’s review the biggest moves and how they affected their teams’ World Series odds.

 

Padres (60-46) land Juan Soto, Josh Bell

This was the big one, and after Soto turned down a $440 million extension with the Nationals, a possible traDe became inevitable. Though the Cardinals and Dodgers were in the mix, San Diego’s fleet of prospects including MacKenzie Gore, Robert Hassell III, C.J. Abrams, James Wood, and Jarlin Susana helped land the 23-year-old phenom and first baseman Josh Bell. With a lineup that includes Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and newly-acquired pitcher Josh Hader, the Padres are to be feared.

World Series odds change: +2000 (bet $100 to win $2,000) to +1000

 

Yankees (70-35) trade for Andrew Benintendi

Baseball’s second-best team also addressed its needs at the deadline, shipping away a struggling Joey Gallo and replacing him with the 27-year-old Benintendi, who was batting .320 in Kansas City. They also added pitcher Frankie Montas, defensive center fielder Harrison Bader, and reliever Scott Effross.

World Series odds change: +350 (bet $100 to win $350) to +330

 

Astros (67-38) snag Christian Vázquez, Trey Mancini

Most expected Houston, first in its division, to stay fairly quiet around the deadline, but they too were able to add a new first baseman/DH in Mancini and catcher in Vázquez without giving up much. 

World Series odds change: +450 (bet $100 to win $450) to +430

 

Other notable moves

  • Phillies land pitcher Noah Syndergaard
  • Red Sox acquire first baseman Eric Hosmer 
  • Padres get position player Brandon Drury from Reds
  • Dodgers trade for struggling Joey Gallo
  • Mariners move for pitcher Luis Castillo
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