The highlight of the trade season thus far has been the Dodgers picking up Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins in a four-player deal. It’s a move that figures to give the sluggish Dodgers offense a boost.
However, in Las Vegas, where sports books analyze the pros and cons of each trade and how it relates to an individual team’s odds to win the pennant and World Series, all is quiet with no movement.
“I think it’s a great move for the Dodgers,” said Cantor Gaming sports book director Mike Colbert, “Ramirez should be able to inject some energy in that lineup. He’s a very talented ballplayer.”
With Colbert’s endorsement of the trade, you would think that he might have dropped the Dodgers odds, but that isn’t the case.
“We are already very low on the Dodgers at 12-to-1, not because we think they will win it all, but because we have more money bet on them already than any other team. The 12-1 is already low enough.”
The Dodgers are 2 ½ games out of first-place in the NL West and one back in the wild card race.
The Yankees picking up Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners had little impact on their odds, currently 4-1. The loss of Alex Rodriguez, however, might make them less attractive to win the World Series.
A division championship still should be in order, but going further may be a stretch without A-Rod. We like to bang on A-Rod because of his large contract and posting numbers far below his great past, but he’s still the No. 3 hitter in a dangerous lineup and has the second highest on-base percentage (.358) on the team.
The Pirates made a move that shows they are all-in on trying to make the playoffs, acquiring left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros.
Colbert’s a Pittsburgh native and long time Pirates fan, but the move didn’t cause any concern for him regarding their odds.
“Rodriguez will help the Pirates, but we’re keeping them at 25-1,” he said.
Zack Greinke and Ryan Dempster are still available with both the Brewers and Cubs trying to get the best possible deal for the most sought-after pitchers. Now that Phillies have secured Cole Hamels with an extension, Cliff Lee could be on the market. Matt Garza, Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton and Francisco Liriano are all likely to be in new uniforms by the July 31 trade deadline.