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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Update: The deal is now official.

https://twitter.com/BlueJays/status/1504107900368834572

The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly acquired third baseman Matt Chapman, from the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/1504066020109074446

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Chapman is a three-time Gold Glove winner and appeared in the 2019 All-Star Game. The 28-year-old third baseman has topped 20 home runs in the past three full seasons, including hitting a career-high 36 round-trippers in 2019.

The Blue Jays scored the third-most runs in the American League in 2021, and Chapman joins a star-studded lineup, including AL MVP candidates first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and shortstop Bo Bichette.

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Furthermore, the deal signals Toronto is happily entering the AL East arms race, as the New York Yankees recently acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson and resigned first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. 

Additionally, the Boston Red Sox remain a candidate to add 2020 National League MVP Freddie Freeman.

While there hasn’t been rapid line movement for the Blue Jays following the announcement of the reported acquisition of Chapman, it wouldn’t be shocking if there were adjustments in the future.

Blue Jays World Series Odds:

Caesars Sportsbook: +1200

FanDuel Sportsbook: +1200

DraftKings Sportsbook: +1100

Blue Jays American League Pennant Odds:

Caesars Sportsbook: +575

FanDuel Sportsbook: +550

DraftKings Sportsbook: +475

The more significant line movement is with the Athletics. 

After all, Oakland has unloaded two of its best hitters this offseason in Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson. 

Similar to Toronto, further line adjustments could be ahead.

Athletics World Series Odds - March 1 to Current:

DraftKings Sportsbook: +7500 to +9000

FanDuel Sportsbook: +7000 to +8500

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