2021 MLB MVP Betting Odds: Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Juan Soto Early Favorites

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Patrick McDermott/Getty Images. Pictured: Juan Soto.

The opening of MLB spring training for the 2021 season is a mere weeks away, and it’s time to start looking ahead to the start of the new campaign.

While most books have released and continuously update division, pennant and World Series odds, we have an early taste of player futures with odds for the MVP awards in both leagues.

Let’s take a look.

Odds as of Thursday, Feb. 4 and via DraftKings.

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American League MVP

Mike Trout +200 Alex Bregman +1000
Aaron Judge +1200 José Ramirez +1200
Matt Chapman +1500 Anthony Rendon +1500
José Abreu +2500 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. +2500
Yoán Moncada +2500 Luis Robert +2500
Gleyber Torres +2500 Rafael Devers +3000
Yasmani Grandal +3000 George Springer +3000
Tim Anderson +3300 Bo Bichette +3300
Xander Bogaerts +3300 Eloy Jiménez +3300
Shohei Ohtani +3300 Yordan Alvarez +3300
DJ LeMahieu +3300 José Altuve +4000
Carlos Correa +4000 Matt Olson +4000
Giancarlo Stanton +4000 Kyle Tucker +4000
Randy Arozarena +5000 Josh Donaldson +5000
Joey Gallo +5000 Ramón Laureano +5000
Kyle Lewis +5000 J.D. Martinez +5000
Austin Meadows +5000 Luis Arraez +6000
Wander Franco +6000 Jorge Polanco +6000
Alex Verdugo +6000 Luke Voit +6000
Adalberto Mondesi +7500 Miguel Sanó +7500
Teoscar Hernández +8000 Franmil Reyes +8000
Gary Sánchez +8000 Kyle Seager +8000
Jo Adell +10000 Jorge Soler +10000

It should come as no surprise that Mike Trout is once again favored. Even after a year in which he finished a mere fifth in the award voting, we’re still talking about a player who has won the award five times, finished second four times and finished in the top-five in every full season of his career.

Trout is still only 29, and the only questions regarding his MVP candidacy are health and the fact that he plays for a perennial loser, which still disqualifies him in the eyes of a faction of voters.

Behind Trout, last year’s winner, José Abreu, checks in at 25-1, tied for the fifth-lowest odds in the league. Among those in front of him are José Ramirez, last year’s runner-up, and Alex Bregman, who finished second in the last full season in 2019.

A handful of youngsters primed for a breakout rank among potentially intriguing plays, including Toronto slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (25-1), a trio of White Sox (Yoán Moncada and Luis Robert 25-1, Eloy Jiménez 33-1 ), and star building blocks on both sides of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry (Gleyber Torres 25-1, Rafael Devers 30-1).

Got your eyes even further toward the future? Global No. 1 prospect Wander Franco checks in at 60-1, although it’s unclear if or when the Rays will promote the 19-year-old. His future teammate Randy Arozarena, fresh off one of the most incredible postseason runs in history, still technically qualifies as a prospect, and he’s going at 50-1. Meanwhile, last year’s rookie of the year Kyle Lewis is 50-1, and the Angels’ Jo Adell, who had a miserable freshman campaign, is sitting at 100-1.

National League MVP

Mookie Betts +750 Juan Soto +750
Cody Bellinger +800 Fernando Tatis Jr. +850
Ronald Acuña Jr. +1000 Nolan Arenado +1200
Freddie Freeman +1200 Francisco Lindor +1200
Christian Yelich +1200 Bryce Harper +1500
Corey Seager +1500 Manny Machado +2200
Trevor Story +2500 Ozzie Albies +3000
Kris Bryant +3000 Ketel Marte +3000
J.T. Realmuto +3000 Anthony Rizzo +3000
Pete Alonso +3300 Javier Báez +3300
Paul Goldschmidt +3300 Michael Conforto +4000
Ian Happ +4000 Rhys Hoskins +4000
Max Muncy +4000 Charlie Blackmon +5000
Alec Bohm +5000 Paul DeJong +5000
Trent Grisham +5000 Jeff McNeil +5000
Eugenio Suárez +5000 Trea Turner +5000
Ke’Bryan Hayes +7500 Gavin Lux +7500
Tommy Pham +7500 Mike Yastrzemski +7500
Josh Bell +10000 Nicholas Castellanos +10000
Willson Contreras +10000 Mike Moustakas +10000

At 28, Mookie Betts hardly qualifies as an elder statesman, but he’s six years the senior of his co-favorite for the NL award, Juan Soto.

Betts finished second a year ago and already has an award on his ledger, from 2018 with the Red Sox, while the Childish Bambino was fifth in 2020 despite leading the league in all three triple-slash categories at the age of 21.

Last year’s winner, Freddie Freeman, checks in at 12-1, while his teammate Ronald Acuña Jr. is right in front of him at 10-1.

2019 winner Cody Bellinger is 8-1, and emerging superstar Fernando Tatis Jr., who plays for the emerging contender Padres, is +850.

A couple of players who recently changed teams can be found with relatively low odds. New Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado is 12-1, which is the same as new Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor.  A player who didn’t change teams, Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, is 30-1.

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