The Toronto Blue Jays started well enough last season as they hit the All-Star break with a 43-43 record, but a second half collapse led to a 73-89 record. The Blue Jays made some big moves in the offseason in order to avoid the same fate this year and the latest 2013 World Series Odds certainly reflect the roster make-over. Toronto is considered one of the favorites to win the Fall Classic at +800 odds ($100 wins $800) and, at +165 odds, it is favored to win the American League East.
One team’s treasure is now another team’s treasure or that was the thinking when Blue Jays’ brass orchestrated a blockbuster offseason trade with the Miami Marlins. Toronto completely changed the make up of its team, adding Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, and, ultimately, R.A. Dickey as a result of the move.
The Blue Jays did not stop there, though. They also signed outfielder Melky Cabrera, who led the NL with a .346 batting average last season prior to his drug related suspension, to a two year deal.
There are no guarantees in baseball (just ask the Marlins), but Toronto looks like a contender right now. On paper the Blue Jays have one of the league’s best rosters, especially with a healthy Jose Bautista, and they appear poised to take advantage of what should be the weakest AL East anyone has seen in quite some time.
2013 Toronto Blue Jays World Series Odds: Provided by TheGreek.com
To Win World Series +800 (three of 30)
To Win American League East +165 (one of five)
To Win American League Pennant +350 (two of 15)
Regular Season Wins: Over 88.5 (-130), Under 88.5 (+100)
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