LAS VEGAS — It’s easier to win the baseball offseason than it is to close the deal in October, but the Dodgers clinched the first part by finally finishing a trade to bring star outfielder Mookie Betts from Boston to Los Angeles. Now for the hard part.
The Yankees are still the World Series favorites, according to William Hill sportsbooks, and their path through the American League just got easier with the Red Sox essentially resigned to a rebuilding year.
“I’m shocked by it,” William Hill sportsbook director Nick Bogdanovich said of the Betts deal. “It’s not the Red Sox we once knew It’s going to be a whole new look.”
The Dodgers’ status as title contenders is nothing new, but their chances on paper have improved. When World Series odds for 2020 were opened Oct. 31, Houston was the 9/2 favorite, followed by the Yankees (5/1) and Dodgers (6/1).
The scandal-riddled Astros had fallen from the favorite’s role by Feb. 3, when the Yankees (3/1) were elevated to the top of the futures board, followed by the Dodgers (9/2) and then Houston (8/1).
Betts’ move from the AL East to NL West meant a minor odds adjustment only because there was not much room…