The World Series is over but it is never too soon to begin thinking about next season. Let's review some of the moves and how they may affect the MLB odds going forward.
The New York Yankees cleared the decks for the future after the All-Star break when they unloaded a bevy of veterans for prospects. That trend continued in the offseason when the Bombers dealt former All-Star catcher and designated hitter Brian McCann to the Astros for a pair of pitching prospects. The deal addressed needs for both teams as the Yankees have the "next big thing" in 23-year-old catching wunderkind Gary Sanchez, who finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting behind Detroit's pitching phenom Michael Fulmer. That made McCann and his big money contract expendable.
As far as the Astros are concerned, McCann is the veteran presence they need and he is a virtual automatic 20 home runs added to their lineup. Houston's catcher last season, Jason Castro, will be hitting the free agency market and McCann is considered an upgrade behind the plate. The pitching prospects Houston parted with, Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman, are both young with promising upsides. New York continues to pare down their payroll while Houston gets a big bat in their lineup and a veteran presence in their locker room.
The MLB odds, according to 5Dimes, on the Yankees to win the 2017 World Series is +1800 while Houston is being dealt at +1600.Offseason Moves
November 23: Nationals acquire Jimmy Cordero from Phillies for a player to be named later.
November 23: Mariners acquire shortstop Jean Segura, OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Zac Curtis and send RHP Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte to the Diamondbacks.
November 18: Mariners acquire James Pazos and send RHP Zack Littell to the Yankees
November 18: Mariners acquire third-baseman Richie Shaffer and shortstop Taylor Motter and send RHP Andrew Kittredge, first baseman Dalton Kelly, and RHP Dylan Thompson to the Rays.
November 12: Mariners acquire Danny Valencia and send RHP Paul Blackburn to the Athletics
November 11: Phillies acquire Howie Kendrick and send1B/OF Darin Ruf and second baseman Darnell Sweeney to the Dodgers.
November 7: Mariners acquire Carlos Ruiz and send LHP Vidal Nuno to the Dodgers
November 4: Phillies acquire Pat Neshek from Astros for a player to be named later.
November 3: Angels acquire center fielder Cameron Maybin and send Victor Alcantara to the Tigers
November 2: Rays acquire John Lamb from Reds for cash considerations.
Though none of these moves will substantially move the needle on their chances for World Series glory in 2017, it could affect the way these lineups are constituted and thus have an impact on our MLB picks next season. The big trades and free agent acquisitions are ahead of us and big things should happen at the 2016 winter meetings at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in early December.