As we saw this past season, it doesn't make sense to put too much stock in preseason baseball odds. (Unless you're actually planning on betting on them.)
But looking at how those odds shift is one way to see how impactful the pending Jays-Marlins trade could be if approved.
As Dan Connolly outlined this morning, the megadeal that would send Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and others to Toronto would make the Blue Jays a true force in the American League.
And that's reflected in the Vegas sports books this afternoon.
The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino SuperBook dropped the Blue Jays’ odds to win the 2013 World Series from 50-to-1 to 15-to-1. (Consequently, they raised the Marlins from 100-to-1 to 200-to-1 to win the Series.)
The Blue Jays are also now 15-2 to win the AL pennant, which is still behind the Angels (4-1), Tigers (4-1), Yankees (9-2), Rangers (5-1) and even with the Rays (15-2).
Obviously this also affects the Orioles' odds. There are still plenty of roster decisions to be made before the 2013 O's congregate in Sarasota, but today they're a 50-1 longshot to win the World Series and sit at 25-1 to win the AL.
So, for what it's worth, Vegas clearly likes the Jays better much more than the Orioles at this point. But please don't let that ruin your day.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times