Vegas oddsmakers have slashed the Toronto Blue Jays’ World Series odds after they acquired Matt Chapman and Yusei Kikuchi. Before the trades, the odds for the Blue Jays winning the 2022 World Series were from +1100 to +1300 at online sportsbooks. But after securing the services of the former Oakland Athletics third basemen, Toronto’s odds have shortened to +800.
Despite having the worst offensive season of his career, the once first round-pick is a quality player: he secured MVP votes in 2018 and 2019 and maintained a three-straight season OPS of over .800. His acquisition answers his new team’s infield problems and has transformed the Blue Jays into genuine contenders for the World Series.
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Recent Trades Completed
The MLB has seen some significant trades in the past week. Chris Bassitt has joined the Mets, a trio of Gary Sanchez, Sonny Gray, and Gio Urshela have moved to the Twins, Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefta are now Yankees, Jess Winker and Eugenio Suarez are Mariners, and Matt Olson has signed an eight-year contract with the Braves.
However, these trades seem to be just the beginning. We assess other possible moves that are likely to happen in the next few weeks.
Many have claimed that the Blue Jays want to acquire Ramirez. The Dominican has just two years remaining on his contract, equating to $25 million. Therefore, the Cleveland Guardians could try and cash in by trading the player.
In four of the last five years, Ramirez has featured in the top six of the MVP voting. Also, he is an attractive option for many clubs after hitting 36 home runs last season. For Toronto, acquiring another switch hitter to complement a squad packed with right-hitters makes sense.
One potential obstacle for this trade is that the Jays would need to include Gabriel Moreno or Orelvis Martinez (once 12th and 18th picks) in the trade.
But as Matt Chapman has already joined the Blue Jays, the Tampa Bay Rays could make a swoop for Ramirez without having to touch their top five prospects.
Frankie Montas/Sean Manaea
As durable mid-rotation starters are in short supply, Manaea and Montas (Manaea pitched a total of 179⅓ innings last season, and Montas bested that with 187) have many suitors.
Montas has a 96-mph fastball alongside a splitter sitting in his locker, while Manaea is a lefty with a low 90 mph sinker, curveball, and changeup in his arsenal. Manaea has a strikeout record of over 25% and is tipped to have another solid season of pitches. Although the Twins have already added Gray, they are still searching for another starter like Manea or Montas, so making a move for one of them is highly likely.
Sportswriter Ken Rosenthal tweeted the Rays seemed likely to move Meadows on before the lockout ended. However, after the Phillies picked up Kyle Schwarber, the outfield market is beginning to move.
The Rays have Meadows on the books until the end of the 2024 season and would likely ask for $4.9MM for him, making him affordable for plenty of teams like the A’s, Padres, and Dodgers.
Because the 26-year-old swatted 33 home runs for Tampa Bay and 27 long balls in the season before last, expect him to move soon.
Another player likely to leave the Rays is Glasnow. But the 28-year-old pitcher is a risk for new teams because he hasn’t fully recovered from Tommy John Surgery (also known as ulnar collateral ligament or UCL). Therefore, the Rays might not want to spend $5.5 million on a player that could miss next season.
As the Rays usually invest in grassroots players and look to buy veterans for good one-year deals, a deal for Glasnow seems unlikely. But the Mariners made a trade proposal for him in January, so there is some interest.
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