NL MVP Odds Tracker: Juan Soto Favored Over Ronald Acuna Jr., Mookie Betts

NL MVP Odds Tracker: Juan Soto Favored Over Ronald Acuna Jr., Mookie Betts article feature image

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images. Pictured: Juan Soto.


Odds as of April 6 and via PointsBet

Juan Soto+275
Ronald Acuna Jr.+800
Mookie Betts+800
Bryce Harper+900
Trea Turner+1200
Freddie Freeman+1200
Matt Olson+2200
Fernando Tatis Jr.+2500
Francisco Lindor+2500
Manny Machado+2500
Nolan Arenado+2500
Tyler O'Neill+2800
Christian Yelich+3000
Austin Riley+3000
Pete Alonso+3000
Ozzie Albies+3000
Jacob deGrom+3000
Jonathan India+3500
Nick Castellanos+3500
Max Muncy+4000
Justin Turner+4000
JT Realmuto+4000
Starling Marte+4000
Paul Goldschmidt+4000
Rhys Hoskins+4500
Joey Votto+4500
Kris Bryant+4500
Willy Adames+5000
Max Scherzer+5000
Brandon Crawford+5500
Jake Cronenworth+5500
Cody Bellinger+6000
Frank Schwindel+6000
Seiya Suzuki+6000
Dylan Carlson+6600
Brandon Belt+7000
Marcell Ozuna+7500
Josh Bell+8000

The MVP market is one of the best MLB futures to bet. Who doesn't want to latch onto someone like Mike Trout or Ronald Acuna for an entire season and watch them destroy everything in their respective paths? Or pluck an under-the-radar player the public's snoozing on at a nice payout?

Let's dive into each key contender in the NL race below.

1. Juan Soto (+275)

Soto, somehow, is only 23 years old, despite having already completed four superlative seasons in the majors. The wunderkind finished second in voting a year ago after leading the majors in both walks (145) and OBP (.465).

He's arguably the best pure hitter in baseball, but will playing on a moribund Nationals team hurt his chances?

2. Ronald Acuna Jr. (+800)

Acuna was among the top contenders for the award last season before an injury zapped the rest of his season halfway through. He sat on the sidelines as his teammates plowed their way to the World Series, but if he's healthy he remains the team's top player and a legitimate MVP contender.

3. Mookie Betts (+800)

Betts is an old man compared to the other contenders, as he'll turn 30 in October, but the Dodgers outfielder remains one of the most dangerous all-around players in the game.

AN MVP winner with Boston in 2018, Betts has two other runner-up finishes, including in 2020 when he helped Los Angeles win the World Series.

Betts had a down year in 2021 by his standards, and was dinged by injuries along the way, but his status among the favorites remains reasonable.

4. Bryce Harper (+900)

The reigning MVP topped the field a year ago while leading the league in doubles, slugging percentage and OPS.

The Phillies have the second-longest postseason drought in all of baseball, so if Harper can lift his team back to October he'll be a strong contender once again.

5. Trea Turner (+1200)

Turner is the consensus No. 1 pick in fantasy baseball drafts this season, and the counting stats he's likely to put up will do wonders for his chances while playing on the most talented team in baseball.

Turner has never finished higher than fifth in MVP voting, but has the combination of speed, average and even a little bit of power to propel his team and himself up the odds board.

6. Freddie Freeman (+1200)

Freeman joins a loaded Dodgers roster. The veteran first baseman has four straight top-10 finishes in the MVP race, including a first-place bid in 2020.

7. Matt Olson (+2200)

Taking Freeman's spot in Atlanta's Olson, who signed a long-term deal with the Braves after getting shipped from the Athletics.

8. Fernando Tatis Jr. (+2500)

The Padres star is one of the most exciting players in the game when he's on the field, but he'll miss time to open the season. He was second behind Soto in the initial odds.

9. Francisco Lindor (+2500)

Lindor disappointed in his first season with the Mets, but there's renewed optimism after the acquisitions of Max Scherzer and Starling Marte. If Lindor can return to his pre-2021 form and the Mets are contenders, his stock will rise.

10. Manny Machado (+2500)

Machado's fine 2021 season was overshadowed both by the ascent of his teammate, Tatis, and the general disappointment of the Padres as a whole. Machado has been a candidate before — he finished third in 2020 and fifth in 2016 — and has the talent to ascend.

11. Nolan Arenado (+2500)

12. Tyler O'Neill (+2800)

A pair of Cardinals round out our top 12. Arenado proved last year that the thin air of Denver wasn't the reason for his offensive success, and remained one of the top gloves in the world at third base.

O'Neill, meanwhile, broke out in a big way, earning a Gold Glove and finishing eighth in MVP voting. He combined his big power with an elite glove and played a career-high in games.

St. Louis is expected to contend in the NL Central once again, making these two position players reasonable candidates.

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Previous NL MVP Winners

2021Bryce Harper
2020Freddie Freeman
2019Cody Bellinger
2018Christian Yelich
2017Giancarlo Stanton
2016Kris Bryant
2015Bryce Harper
2014Clayton Kershaw
2013Andrew McCutchen
2012Buster Posey
2011Ryan Braun
2010Joey Votto
2009Albert Pujols
2008Albert Pujols
2007Jimmy Rollins
2006Ryan Howard
2005Albert Pujols
2004Barry Bonds
2003Barry Bonds
2002Barry Bonds
2001Barry Bonds
2000Jeff Kent

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