San Diego Padres Odds After Acquiring Juan Soto

San Diego Padres Odds After Acquiring Juan Soto
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As I wrote in previous articles, it was a near certainty that Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was going to be traded.

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The Nats are beginning to transition to the new ownership likely by the end of the year. Plus, Soto turned down a $400+ million contract extension. 

It was a little surprising, but the San Diego Padres pulled off the trade. They not only got the 23-year-old power-hitting machine, but they also added young first baseman Josh Bell.

When the day started Caesars Sportsbook had the Padres lined at +2000 to win the World Series. That number now is +800.

Sportsbook Odds Before Soto Odds After Soto
Caesars +2000 +800
Fox Bet +2200 +1000
FanDuel +2000 +1000
BetMGM +1800 +1000
PointsBet +1500 +1000
DraftKings +2000 +1100

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The Padres' trio of monster hitters will be at the top of the lineup with Manny Machado likely leading off, then a healthy Fernando Tatis batting second, followed by Soto at No. 3. 

Soto will see strikes to hit for the first time this season and in late-game situations, relief pitchers will be forced to pitch to him, not around him, with Bell protecting him in the clean-up slot of the order.

These three players will bat at least 30 basis points better than their current averages and should see their RBI tallies explode. 

There will be few times that they bat after the first time in the order that they will not come to play with runners in scoring position. 

Despite the World Series odds dropping to +800 from +2000 Caesars, I have them in the +500 price range, so there is plenty of value to bet the Padres to win the World Series. 

BetMGM has the Padres at +1000 and tied with the defending champion Atlanta Braves to win the World Series.

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