Four big movers in MLB futures this winter

Feb 11, 2013 |
Four big movers in MLB futures this winter
Josh Hamilton's move to the Angels destroyed the Rangers' future odds.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Josh Hamilton's move to the Angels destroyed the Rangers' future odds.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Pitchers and catchers are reporting for training camp, so that means it’s time to examine MLB futures.

It’s been a busy offseason for many teams in the Bigs and that has resulted in some massive swings in 2013 futures odds.

Here’s a look at the four biggest offseason movers:

Toronto Blue Jays

Opened: 50/1, Now: 10/1

AL East futures

New York Yankees 9-5
Toronto Blue Jays 8-5
Tampa Bay Rays 7-2
Boston Red Sox 7-1
Baltimore Orioles 10-1

Key additions: Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey, Melky Cabrera

Nobody made a bigger splash in the offseason than Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos. The 35-year-old GM pulled off a blockbuster deal with the Marlins to bring Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto, but Anthopoulos wasn’t done there. He also pulled the trigger on a deal to acquire reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey and signed coveted free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year deal.

Texas Rangers

Opened: 10/1, Now: 20/1

AL West futures

Los Angeles Angels 1-2
Texas Rangers 3-1
Oakland A'S 5-1
Seattle Mariners 10-1
Houston Astros 100-1

Key losses: Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Mike Napoli

For the second straight offseason, a key player for the Rangers was lured westward by the free-spending Los Angeles Angels. Slugger Josh Hamilton followed in C.J. Wilson’s footsteps and joined the high-powered Angels, leaving Texas with a huge hole to fill in its lineup. Longtime Ranger Michael Young was dealt to the Phillies for RHP Josh Lindblom and C/1B Mike Napoli packed his bags for Beantown.

Chicago White Sox

Opened: 20/1, Now: 40/1

AL Central futures

Detroit Tigers 1-5
Chicago White Sox 7-1
Kansas City Royals 7-1
Cleveland Indians 20-1
Minnesota Twins 25-1

Key Losses: A.J. Pierzynski, Kevin Youkilis, Philip Humber, Francisco Liriano

The White Sox will surely miss veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski and the arm of SP Philip Humber. Pierzynski, who recently signed a one-year deal with the Rangers, launched 27 homers last season and Humber tossed the 21st perfect game in MLB history against the Mariners on April 21. The right-hander was claimed off waivers by the Astros in November. Kevin Youkilis' tenure with the White Sox was short-lived as the third baseman signed a one-year deal with the Yankees.

Miami Marlins

Opened: 100/1, Now: 300/1

NL East futures

Washington Nationals 5-6
Atlanta Braves 8-5
Philadelphia Phillies 4-1
New York Mets 25-1
Miami Marlins 100-1

Key losses: Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, Emilio Bonafacio, Heath Bell

What a difference a year makes. The Marlins looked like they were headed in the right direction prior to the 2012 campaign. They were moving into a brand new stadium, added some coveted free agents and had Ozzie Guillen at the helm. The result was a dismal 69-93 season that prompted the organization to clean house. The Marlins (300/1) now share the basement with the Astros in World Series futures.

All odds courtesy of the LVH.

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