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MLB odds: How did trade deadline impact Red Sox' World Series chances?

MLB odds: How did trade deadline impact Red Sox' World Series chances?

The MLB trade deadline has come and gone, and with no post-deadline waiver period for teams to make more moves, the hay is in the proverbial barn.

That means we have a clearer sense of which teams are serious World Series contenders entering the final two months of the season.

Are the Boston Red Sox among those contenders after standing pat Wednesday? We'll let the latest 2019 World Series odds from SuperBook USA's Jeff Sherman speak for themselves.

The Red Sox have 30-1 odds to repeat as champs, tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the 10th-best odds in MLB.

That's down from the 25-1 title odds Boston had in mid-July, a sign that Dave Dombrowski's decision not to address his beleaguered bullpen may cost the Red Sox down the stretch run.

Boston's American League competitors also got better, especially the Houston Astros, who are the new World Series favorites after adding Zack Greinke to a loaded rotation featuring Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

The rival New York Yankees still have the third-best World Series odds at 6-1 despite staying relatively quiet at the deadline, while the Tampa Bay Rays, who sit 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox in the second Wild Card spot, also boast better odds than Boston at 25-1.

Dombrowski and the Red Sox front office are betting on their core players returning to last year's World Series form to help them make the playoffs, but it appears Vegas isn't quite keen on that bet.

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Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

For a position so essential to baseball — no player handles the ball more often — the catching ranks in Red Sox history are surprisingly shallow.

Multiple seasons belong to players like Johnny Peacock, Pinch Thomas, Hick Cady, Roxy Walters, and Muddy Ruel, names that sound like they should belong to bouncers before big leaguers.

The dearth of catching talent may partly explain why the Red Sox routinely featured lousy starting rotations, at least until Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Co. arrived to give the club perennial Cy Young contenders no matter who squatted behind the plate.

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Had this list extended to 10 instead of five, some of the names would surprise you. Wally Schang, anyone? How about Bill Carrigan? There'd definitely be room for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Anyway, the overall talent level may be thin, but the top five are legit, with three All-Stars and two Hall of Famers.

Click here for the top five catchers in Red Sox history.

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

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With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more.