The MLB Futures market clearly changed on Thursday with the MLB Trade Deadline and the shake-up at the top with the Detroit Tigers acquiring David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland A’s acquiring Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox. Everybody seems to be taking a Tigers-A’s ALCS for granted and league-wide parity definitely took a hit with Thursday’s transactions.

Here’s a look at the current MLB Futures Market from

Team Odds as of August 1
Oakland 4/1
LA Dodgers 5/1
Detroit 5/1
LA Angels 10/1
Washington 10/1
St. Louis 11/1
San Francisco 12/1
Toronto 14/1
Baltimore 16/1
Milwaukee 16/1
Atlanta 18/1
NY Yankees 25/1
Pittsburgh 28/1
Seattle 33/1
Tampa Bay 50/1
Cincinnati 50/1
Kansas City 50/1
Cleveland 66/1
Boston 100/1
Miami 150/1
Chicago (AL) 200/1
NY Mets 200/1
Minnesota 1000/1
Philadelphia 1000/1
San Diego 1000/1

*not offered: Arizona, Chicago (NL), Colorado, Houston, Texas

Here’s a look at various points throughout the season, including a month ago on July 1:

Team March 5 May 1 June 4 July 1
LA Dodgers 13/2 15/2 6/1 11/2
St. Louis 8/1 10/1 9/1 12/1
Detroit 9/1 13/2 6/1 13/2
Boston 12/1 14/1 16/1 33/1
Tampa Bay 12/1 20/1 50/1 100/1
Washington 12/1 11/1 14/1 10/1
NY Yankees 14/1 10/1 16/1 20/1
San Francisco 16/1 14/1 7/1 10/1
Texas 16/1 16/1 28/1 100/1
Oakland 18/1 12/1 9/1 6/1
Atlanta 20/1 11/1 12/1 18/1
LA Angels 20/1 20/1 16/1 10/1
Cincinnati 22/1 40/1 40/1 25/1
Pittsburgh 28/1 50/1 75/1 33/1
Seattle 28/1 50/1 50/1 25/1
Baltimore 33/1 33/1 25/1 28/1
Kansas City 33/1 33/1 50/1 33/1
Philadelphia 33/1 75/1 150/1 200/1
Toronto 33/1 25/1 10/1 12/1
Cleveland 40/1 50/1 66/1 66/1
Arizona 50/1 200/1 500/1 500/1
Chicago (AL) 50/1 75/1 66/1 125/1
San Diego 50/1 100/1 200/1 500/1
Chicago (NL) 66/1 500/1 250/1 300/1
Milwaukee 66/1 14/1 16/1 12/1
Colorado 75/1 66/1 50/1 200/1
NY Mets 75/1 66/1 100/1 200/1
Miami 100/1 150/1 75/1 150/1
Minnesota 100/1 150/1 200/1 200/1
Houston 200/1 500/1 500/1 500/1

Oakland’s July acquisitions moved them from 6/1 to 4/1 as the overall favorite to win the World Series, even though they’ve won just one playoff series in their last seven playoff appearances. Even though the A’s and Tigers both got significantly better at the deadline, the Angels’ odds did not move from 10/1 over the last month. It’s unfortunate that there aren’t better odds on them because they’re probably the American League’s only hope to avoid a Tigers-A’s ALCS, unless Baltimore manages to pull a sizable upset.

In the National League, the Dodgers are a big favorite over anybody else, in large part because any opponent will definitely see Clayton Kershaw twice and would absolutely see Zack Greinke twice in the NLCS. The Nationals are worth a look at 10/1 because they have a very underrated rotation and an offense that can produce if healthy.

Since Bovada has taken down their player props, let’s look at the division futures in MLB’s six divisions.

Baltimore Orioles +125
Toronto Blue Jays +130
New York Yankees +550
Tampa Bay Rays +900
Boston Red Sox +6600

The Rays were +3300 a month ago and have now dropped to +900, despite gaining only two games on the division-leading Orioles. The Orioles could have been had at +225 last month, so the value on them appears to be gone. With the Yankees now five games back, and a lot of division games left, there doesn’t seem to be much value in this division.

Detroit Tigers -1000
Kansas City Royals +550
Cleveland Indians +1200
Chicago White Sox +5000

Last month, the Tigers were -400 and it was advised that bettors lay the four dollars and plan to collect their profit. With the Price addition, the Tigers are now -1000 and there’s no value in this division whatsoever. The Royals did nothing, the Indians were sellers, but it won’t affect the team all that much, and the White Sox are Chris Sale and Jose Abreu.

Oakland Athletics -300
LA Angels of Anaheim +200

The A’s were -333 a month ago, so their odds have actually dropped, but three of the teams in the AL West no longer have odds. The Angels went from +275 to +200 in spite of Oakland’s pitching additions. The smart money here would be to take Oakland -300 because they’re in the best position at the present. However, you’re probably better off taking Oakland to win the AL Pennant because winning the AL West would guarantee home-field in the first two rounds given the current standings.

Washington Nationals -200
Atlanta Braves +140
Miami Marlins +2500
New York Mets +4000

The Braves have gone from the favorite to even money to +150 to +140 as the Nationals have gotten healthier. The Braves and Nationals are separated by just 1.5 games and have nine head-to-head meetings left this season, beginning with next weekend’s series in Atlanta. The value lies with the Braves, who have owned the Nationals over the last three seasons and are already 7-3 against their chief division rival so far this season.

St. Louis Cardinals +125
Milwaukee Brewers +150
Pittsburgh Pirates +325
Cincinnati Reds +1200

The Brewers were a -135 favorite a month ago, so times have quickly changed. Bettors who don’t believe in the Pirates, who are 0.5 games behind St. Louis and 2.5 games behind Milwaukee for the division could guarantee 0.25 units of profit by taking both St. Louis and Milwaukee at a flat bet price. The Pirates have come on strong over the last couple of months, however. The Brewers have been met with skepticism all season long and the Cardinals’ acquisition of John Lackey has added more fuel to that fire.

Los Angeles Dodgers -350
San Francisco Giants +225

The Dodgers went from -180 a month ago to -350 now. The Giants probably don’t have enough to catch them and Matt Cain is probably out for the rest of the season with the likelihood of having surgery to remove bone chips. Unlike the A’s, where making a playoff bet may be the smartest route to go, the Dodgers have serious bullpen problems and some offensive inconsistencies that may hinder them in the playoffs. It might be smarter to lay the 350 here.

Keep an eye on for any favorable movement in these futures as we approach the All-Star Break and as teams gear up for a second half postseason run.