An early look at 2022 MLB World Series Futures odds
The 2022 MLB offseason is underway, so it’s time to continue our MLB Odds series with a look at who may in position to win the 2022 World Series. After the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros in the 2021 World Series, futures odds have began to leak out. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been named the favorite for the 2022 World Series title, with the Astros coming in with the second best odds.
Here are the futures odds for the top favorites to win the 2022 World Series title.
MLB Odds: 2022 World Series Champion favorites
Los Angeles Dodgers +550
The Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost to the Braves in 6 games in the NLCS, open as the favorites for the 2022 World Series. The Dodgers were a bit banged up against the Braves, playing the entire series without first baseman Max Muncy. Muncy was their best hitter during the regular season, and provided defensive versatility to bounce around the infield, so his absence was huge. Justin Turner, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer were also banged up in the NLCS.
Scherzer, in addition to Kershaw, is a free agent this offseason for the Dodgers. Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Joe Kelly, Corey Knebel and closer Kenley Jansen will also need a new contracts if they’re going to be Dodgers next season. LA has the resources to bring back two or all of these players, and Kershaw, Jansen and Seager have yet to play elsewhere in their careers. Scherzer may be the most likely to depart on a lucrative short-term deal coming off another strong season, but that might be just the type of deal the Dodgers are looking to do so he could be a candidate to return as well.
Houston Astros +700
The Astros, who sit with the second best odds at +700 to win the 2022 World Series, have their own free agents. The most notable is absolutely Carlos Correa, who could receive something similar to what the New York Mets gave Francisco Lindor earlier this year after trading for him. Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander and reliever Kendall Graveman are also free agents. Rebuilding the pitching staff and retaining Correa will be the biggest steps towards the Astros winning the 2022 title.
Chicago White Sox +1000
The White Sox lost in the ALDS to the Astros in four games. Ace Carlos Rodon is a free agent, but most of the rest of the group should be back. Chicago had a great regular season and should be clear favorites in the weak AL Central again in 2022.
Toronto Blue Jays +1200
The Blue Jays have to re-sign Robbie Ray if they want to stay with the Yankees among AL East favorites. Start shortstop Marcus Semien is also a free agent. Toronto’s offense was excellent in 2021, so if they can round out the pitching staff they can be a World Series contender in 2022.
New York Yankees +1200
The Yankees lost the 2021 AL Wild Card game to the Boston Red Sox. They could again be big spenders in free agency this offseason with an eye on someone like Corey Seager, Trevor Story or Carlos Correa. New York made too big of an investment in Gerrit Cole not to continue adding to this roster. The Yankees could use some more starting pitching in addition to one of the high-priced shortstops on the loaded free agent market. Anthony Rizzo, who seemed to be a good fit after coming over in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, is a free agent. It will be interesting to see if Rizzo is the Yankees’ primary plan at first base in 2022.
Atlanta Braves +1400
One of the more interesting figures out of the gate is the 2021 World Series champion Atlanta Braves having just the sixth best odds at the 2022 title. This perhaps means the oddsmakers view their run to the 2021 crown as more of a Cinderella run, and not something they have a great chance of replicating. There is also the free agency of All-Star and 2020 NL MVP Freddie Freeman to consider, in addition to other Atlanta free agents like Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, Adam Duvall and Joc Pederson. The Braves will likely only retain two or three off their free agent bats, and if one of them isn’t Freeman there odds are sure to fall.
Other teams who have decent odds to win the 2022 crown are listed below.
- San Francisco Giants +1400
- San Diego Padres +1400
- Tampa Bay Rays +1400
- Milwaukee Brewers +1400
- Boston Red Sox +1800
- St. Louis Cardinals +1800
- New York Mets +2000
- Philadelphia Phillies +2500
The 2022 MLB offseason is here, as moves happen these odds are sure to fluctuate.