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1 favorite, 1 sleeper, 1 deep sleeper among 2020 World Series futures odds

The 2020 World Series odds are out. We give you the full list and our picks for favorite, sleeper and deep sleeper.

Washington Nationals players celebrate on the field after defeating the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park. The Washington Nationals won the World Series winning four games to three.  Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Last we looked, the Washington Nationals were piling on top of each other in joyous chaos, but for 31 teams, there’s always next year, and the same is true for gambling futures. Last season the Nationals had just lost Bryce Harper but still had +1600 odds to take the World Series before the season started. Those odds dropped to +5000 following a sustained slump to start the year, and then, well, the rest is history.

The Nationals road to a repeat has plenty of bumps, as have most champions since the turn of the century. There hasn’t been a repeat World Series champ since the ‘98-’00 Yankees run. Washington will have the same trouble most recent champions have gone through, and that is keeping their team together. Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon are free agents, while other key role players are set to test the open market as well.

The Nationals won’t ride their 2019 World Series victory into a favorite spot to win this season, as they start at +1200 to repeat, ranking them fifth overall. The odds-on favorites for 2020 are also the odds on favorites going into the playoffs in 2019, as the Astros, Dodgers, and Yankees all set atop the mountain at +550.

As is usual, the World Series odds will fluctuate as free agency gives and takes, but you can put your chips down today on your favorites, so let’s get to it.

Favorite

Los Angeles Dodgers (+550)

You can’t go wrong with any of the Big-3, because you know they’re willing to go out and get free agents, have young talent, and have great pitching. Picking the Dodgers to win it all may be a fool’s errand, as they’ve now won seven division titles in a row and lost two World Series over the last three years. That’s a gut punch for any clubhouse.

L.A. will also see some new faces as Gavin Lux, Alex Verdugo, and Will Smith likely become starters, giving the team a youth movement to help during the 162 game doldrums. But in the end, much will depend on free agency. There’s a good chance Gerrit Cole would like to return to where he grew up in Southern California, and for the right price, of course, the Dodgers should be in the running. Another strong season is in the works, but to get over the hump, I believe they’ll open their pocketbook to help get them over the hump.

Sleeper

Oakland Athletics (+2500)

I’m not sure you can call the A’s a sleeper, but at +2500, you’re taking on some risk for a nice reward. What I like about this team is their stability. They now have back-to-back 97 win seasons, and they are set up well across the board. A healthy Sean Manaea, an un-suspended Frankie Montas, a couple of strong rookies, and a lineup that remains mostly intact, including breakout Marcus Semien, Matt Chapman, and a healthy Matt Olson should lead to another strong regular season. That kind of continuity is rare and should help them smooth over the bumps of a long season.

Deep Sleeper

San Diego Padres (+4000)

The Padres are likely on everyone’s list as a sleeper this season due to their young talent. That talent got them off to a strong start in 2019, but they couldn’t keep it together, as is often the way of young players. But Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Chris Paddack, and top prospects MacKenzie Gore, Luis Patino, along with a long list of farm system depth, could work their way into a great group earlier than later.

The rumor mill also has the Padres going after Stephen Strasburg for a return to the area, but that’s very much a long shot at the moment. To truly compete, they will need to hit on some free-agent pitching, much like the rest of the league.

Houston Astros +550
Los Angeles Dodgers +550
New York Yankees +550
Atlanta Braves +1200
Washington Nationals +1200
Philadelphia Phillies +1400
St. Louis Cardinals +1400
Boston Red Sox +2000
Chicago Cubs +2000
Cleveland Indians +2000
New York Mets +2000
Tampa Bay Rays +2000
Minnesota Twins +2200
Milwaukee Brewers +2500
Oakland Athletics +2500
Arizona Diamondbacks +4000
Los Angeles Angels +4000
San Diego Padres +4000
Cincinnati Reds+ 5000
Chicago White Sox +6600
Texas Rangers +6600
Toronto Blue Jays +10000
Colorado Rockies +12500
Pittsburgh Pirates +12500
San Francisco Giants +15000
Seattle Mariners +15000
Miami Marlins +25000
Baltimore Orioles +50000
Detroit Tigers +50000
Kansas City Royals +50000