The respective "anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better" trades made by the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers before the deadline have not changed who leading odds makers think will win the World Series in 2014.
The A's, having added left-hander Jon Lester from the Red Sox on Thursday, remain favorites at 4-to-1 odds, as posted at Bovada.lv. Oakland was 5 to 1 before today. The Tigers, who surprised many by adding left-hander David Price from the Rays, are 5 to 1 along with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Detroit and L.A. were 6 to 1 previously.
"From the book's perspective, the best result for us would be a Tigers-Dodgers World Series matchup as Oakland has seen steady money lately, and even the Jays, who have now dropped to 14 to 1, are a significant liability for us."
The Jays were 18 to 1 before today. The odds on other teams: The Angels and Nationals are 10 to 1, the Cardinals are 11 to 1 and the Giants are 12 to 1. The Orioles and Brewers are 14 to 1 and the Braves are 18-1. The Pirates improved from 33 to 1 to 28-1, even though they didn't act at the deadline, either.
Bovada's also taking odds on if Lester re-signs with the Red Sox (it almost never happens) and which pitcher — Lester or Price — will have more wins during the regular season with his respective new team. Price seems like the better bet there, if only because manager Brad Ausmus won't want to bring in his bullpen unless he has to when he pitches.
Just remember: (S)he who gambles lives in a shambles.
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