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Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers speaks to the media at Dodger Stadium, and we're looking at the best MVP odds after Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. won in 2023.
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers speaks to the media at Dodger Stadium. Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images via AFP.

After securing MVP honors in 2023, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Shohei Ohtani are again among the favorites to win baseball's most coveted player award in 2024, but now they both play in the National League, and we're diving into the best odds for the 2024 MLB MVP Awards based on the best MLB odds.

The American League and National League MVP Awards odds experienced a massive shift when a pair of superstars swapped sides.

Reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani joined the Los Angeles Dodgers via free agency, and perennial candidate Juan Soto moved to the New York Yankees in a blockbuster (though now somewhat forgotten) trade.

Those moves complicated the MVP futures market, as both players suit up alongside fellow front-runners while pushing for the award.

With spring training games set to get underway soon, we're taking a look at the best MLB MVP odds from our best MLB betting sites.

AL MVP odds 2024

(AL MVP odds as of March 4)

Aaron Judge+550+550+550+600 ðŸ”¥+500 â„️
Juan Soto+600+600+600+600 +550 â„️
Yordan Alvarez+800+1100 ðŸ”¥+900+850 +800
Corey Seager+1000+850+1000+1200 ðŸ”¥+700 â„️
Julio Rodriguez+1000 +1100+1200 ðŸ”¥+1000+1000 
Adley Rutschman+1300 â„️+2500 ðŸ”¥+1600+1600+2200
Gunnar Henderson+1500 +2000+1800+2200 ðŸ”¥+1500
Kyle Tucker+1700+1500+1800 ðŸ”¥+1500 +1200 â„️
Mike Trout+2000+2000+2200 ðŸ”¥+2000+1500 â„️
Bobby Witt Jr.+2000+2000+2000+1500 â„️+2000

AL MVP favorite 2024

Juan Soto (+600 via BetMGM)

The AL MVP favorite position is between two Yankees outfielders with spring training now fully underway. Aaron Judge and new teammate Juan Soto own similar odds, with only the narrowest separation at the top among our best sports betting apps.

The best odds on Soto come at three of our top sportsbooks at +600, and that feels like good value for arguably baseball's best pure hitter.

Soto has endured a couple of down years by his standards, but now he'll play half of his games in a much more favorable setting. Yankee Stadium played as the second-most home run-friendly ballpark to left-handed hitters in 2023 (among regularly used stadiums), according to Statcast. Comparatively, Petco Park (home of Soto's former team, the San Diego Padres) was the second-least friendly.

Soto hit 23 of his total 35 home runs on the road in 2023, managing only 12 during 81 home games. He could very easily eclipse 50 dingers in 2024.

AL MVP odds 2024: Contender

Julio Rodriguez (+1200 via BetMGM)

We discussed Julio Rodriguez's MVP campaign in more depth with our MLB best bets for 2024.

Rodriguez is one of just three players Steamer projects to finish with at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases this season. Another is Acuna, and we don't care about him in the AL market. The other is Bobby Witt, and he could pose a real challenge to Rodriguez's bid.

However, another thing I look at - despite believing myself that it's dated and not indicative of being the most valuable player in baseball - is team success. FanGraphs projects Witt's Kansas City Royals to go 76-86 and finish fourth in the AL Central. Meanwhile, Rodriguez's Mariners are projected to go 86-76, good for the fourth-best record in the AL.

Much like Mike Trout (who we'll look at shortly), Rodriguez faces no MVP competition on his team, despite it being projected to be one of the league's best. Therefore, if the Mariners live up to expectations, voters may point to Rodriguez as the "reason" for their success.

Combine all that with the fact that he was just in the conversation this past season, and Rodriguez profiles as maybe the best MVP bet on the board.

AL MVP odds 2024: Long shot

Mike Trout (+2200 via BetMGM)

It's possible we're witnessing the beginning of a relatively sharp decline for one of baseball's greatest players ever. However, after fading Trout in this market for years, I'm finally back to supporting him, for one very specific reason: He's no longer splitting votes with Ohtani.

Many of the players in the top 10 on our oddsboard play alongside a fellow MVP candidate: Judge and Soto, Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker, Seager and Marcus Semien, and Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson. However, Trout is really all the Angels have now.

With Ohtani gone, Los Angeles is down to one star (at least only one who's expected to play more than 50 games; shoutout Anthony Rendon). Therefore, if the Angels can win around 80 games - it's a short bar to clear - and Trout somehow finds the fountain of youth, then he'll likely be among the favorites as the regular season winds down.

AL MVP betting analysis

As you can tell by our oddsboard, a few teams boast multiple players serving as front-runners at our best sportsbooks to win this award. Each of the Yankees, Houston Astros, and Baltimore Orioles roster two players in the top 10.

There are nine standalone best prices, with Caesars providing three and BetMGM offering three.

Meanwhile, there are seven standalone worst prices, and bet365 features five. However, the benefit of placing futures bets at bet365 is that it offers cashouts while the other four books don't. Therefore, there may be instances in which you sacrifice your odds for the chance to play the short-term cashout game, though that's more applicable when the season is underway.

NL MVP odds 2024

(NL MVP odds as of March 4)

Ronald Acuna Jr.+500  +500+525+525 +450 â„️
Shohei Ohtani+750+950 ðŸ”¥+900+800+600 â„️
Mookie Betts+650+650+650+650+600 â„️
Fernando Tatis Jr.+1000+1000 +1000+1100+1000
Bryce Harper+1000+1200 +1200+1100 +1000
Freddie Freeman+1200+900+1100+1200 +800 â„️
Matt Olson+1400 +1200 +1400+1400 +1000 â„️
Corbin Carroll+1800 â„️+2200 ðŸ”¥+2000+2000+2000
Manny Machado+2200 â„️+2500 +2500+3500 ðŸ”¥+2800
Trea Turner+2200+2200+2200+2200 +2000 â„️

NL MVP favorite 2024

Ronald Acuna Jr. (+525 via BetMGM)

Sure, Ohtani joined the NL and the Dodgers field three surefire MVP candidates. But how could the reigning MVP not be our favorite following his truly absurd 40-70 season?

It appears Acuna was the most significant beneficiary of MLB's new base size and pickoff rules, as he smashed his previous career high in stolen bases, nearly doubling that total of 37.

Additionally, after posting a down year for power in 2022 following ACL surgery, Acuna was back to crushing the ball last season. He managed career highs in max and average exit velocity, and Acuna hit 41 home runs despite producing the lowest launch angle of his career. 

Don't be surprised if Acuna repeats - or, somehow, improves upon - his 2023 campaign. And if he does that, it will be impossible to deny him a second straight trophy. Though not especially appealing, his +450 odds at bet365 may be the most accurate as February winds down.

NL MVP odds 2024: Contender

Mookie Betts (+650 via FanDuel)

I considered putting Ohtani in this section, as his +950 odds at FanDuel are far longer than any available for Betts at our sites with the best sportsbook promos. However, Ohtani won't be able to pitch in 2024 and will be relegated to designated-hitter duties, while Betts is expected to be somewhat of an X-factor defensively for the World Series odds favorites.

Betts is moving from right field to second base for the Dodgers, and many are already recognizing him as the best second baseman in the majors.

It's also possible that Betts shifts around the field, too, providing the Dodgers with value in the outfield. If he's able to repeat his hitting production from 2023 - when Betts produced some of his best batted ball data of his entire career - and serve as the most "valuable" player on the best team in baseball, the veteran will definitely challenge Acuna for this award.

NL MVP odds 2024: Long shot

Francisco Lindor (+3000 via Caesars)

Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor has transitioned from one of the most highly regarded players in baseball (which is exactly why New York signed him to a 10-year, $341-million contract starting in 2022) to one of the most underappreciated.

Perhaps it's just the Mets stink attached to him, but Lindor doesn't even make the top 10 in our oddsboard despite quietly being the eighth-best qualified hitter by fWAR in 2023. He was fifth among those only in the NL (sixth if you now include Ohtani).

Somehow, though, he's getting odds longer than the likes of Manny Machado, who's one year older and coming off a particularly bad season.

Lindor remains one of MLB's best players, and this price is simply too long. He profiles as a solid preseason long-shot bet.

NL MVP betting analysis

Our best sportsbooks are also mostly aligned when it comes to the NL MVP. There are only three standalone best prices, with two coming through FanDuel.

Meanwhile, we're faced with the same dilemma when it comes to bet365, which once again offers six of the standalone worst prices. 

An interesting side note is that DraftKings is giving only three off-market prices across all 20 players listed. Therefore, if you're looking for the best representation of the price that "makes the most sense," DraftKings is one of the top options.

When it comes to the players themselves, Ohtani's +950 odds at FanDuel is an extremely enticing rogue price.

Recent MLB MVP winners

American League

YearNameClosing odds
2023Shohei Ohtani+200
2022Aaron Judge+2000
2021Shohei Ohtani+3000
2020Jose AbreuN/A
2019Mike Trout+125
2018Mookie Betts+2500

National League

YearNameClosing odds
2023Ronald Acuna Jr.+900
2022Paul Goldschmidt+6600
2021Bryce Harper+1700
2020Freddie Freeman+2500
2019Cody Bellinger+3000
2018Christian Yelich+15000

MLB betting odds pages


Who are the MLB MVP favorites?

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is the favorite in the National League, while Aaron Judge and Juan Soto of the New York Yankees are nearly co-favorites in the American League.

Who won the MLB MVP Awards last year?

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani won his second American League MVP award in the last three years. In the National League, Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. won the award for the first time.

When will the MLB MVP Awards be decided?

Though the date for the 2024 awards hasn't been determined, the winners of the 2023 MVP awards were announced on Nov. 16, 2023.

Here are our best MLB betting sites:

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