MLB Free-Agent Signing Rumors, Predictions and Futures Odds

Swinging Johnson

Friday, December 12, 2014 3:50 PM GMT

Each week SBR discusses the latest signings and free agent murmurings that will allow us to get a jump on our MLB picks when the Boys of Summer return in the spring.  Let’s see how the wheelings and dealings could impact the MLB odds going forward.

Red Sox Shoring Up Pitching Rotation
The MLB odds on the Boston Red Sox may make them 14-1 to win the World Series but that number could drop if they continue to solidify their starting rotation. The Sox made a huge splash earlier this offseason by plucking the two priciest offensive free agents from the pool when they signed Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. However, that hardly helped their dearth of pitching which left them with Clay Buchholz as their ace. That just wasn’t going to cut the mustard particularly when they lost out on the Jon Lester sweepstakes to the Chicago Cubs.

Therefore, it came as no surprise when they moved their mid-season acquisition Yoenis Cespedes, via the trade for Jon Lester, for 26-year-old Tiger pitcher Rick Porcello. But the dealing was hardly done as they negotiated a swap for Arizona’s southpaw pitcher Wade Miley in exchange for almost-ready-for-prime-time pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster. After that deal was struck they roped free agent pitcher Justin Masterson into a one year pact worth close to $10 million plus incentives.

Perhaps the biggest boon to their pitching staff has not even occurred. The Boston brass is still searching for a bona fide ace and that shoe could drop when the Max Scherzer bidding begins. If not Scherzer then perhaps free agent James Shields or trade scenarios involving Cole Hamels, Doug Fister or Jordan Zimmermann. If the Sox are to land one of these top echelon gunslingers then Boston could go from worst to first as they did two seasons ago and become a legitimate candidate to add to your MLB picks.

 

Royals to Crown Melky?
The defending American League champion Kansas City Royals has a void in their outfield and Melky Cabrera may just be the fit they are seeking. The free agent spurned the Blue Jays qualifying offer and has been searching for the highest bidder. It was rumored that the Mariners were close to procuring his services for the 2015 season but they balked at handing the former All-Star a third year. As of this writing the Royals appear to be the most likely destination for Cabrera as rumors abound that Cabrera’s representatives are in serious talks with Kansas City. If KC does land Cabrera will that vault them from the middle of the pack at 9-1 in MLB odds to return as AL champs or will his addition do nothing to shake the offshore sportsbooks into maintaining their MLB odds on the Royals?

 

Marlins Now a Big Fish?
The Florida Marlins stunned the baseball world when they signed Giancarlo Stanton to a monster deal several weeks ago. It appears that they are not just bent on propping up Stanton as a one-trick pony but pulled the trigger on a big deal that saw them land top pitcher Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds and All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon of the Dodgers for a host of prospects.

The Marlins have been under everyone’s radar but they are now gunning for respect and appear to be willing to part with those closely held dollars. The MLB odd being offered peg the Marlins at 25-1 to win the NL Pennant and 60-1 to take home a World Series championship to their long suffering fans.

As always, SBR will keep you updated on the MLB odds and which teams add value to your MLB picks for the 2015 season.