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MLB Odds: Red Sox 2020 World Series odds continue to plummet

MLB Odds: Red Sox 2020 World Series odds continue to plummet

Red Sox fans aren't the only ones feeling pessimistic about Boston's 2020 World Series chances. Oddsmakers in Las Vegas are beginning to feel the same way.

It's been a tumultuous offseason for the Red Sox, to say the least. They've parted ways with their manager Alex Cora, two of their star players in Mookie Betts and David Price, and now their ace Chris Sale is dealing with yet another injury setback.

So with so much uncertainty surrounding the Red Sox with three less than three weeks until Opening Day, BetMGM has them at +2500 odds to bring home the Commissioner's Trophy in 2020.

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To put that into perspective, that makes Boston tied with the Oakland Athletics for the 14th-best World Series odds entering the season. The Cincinnati Reds are just behind them at +3000.

That's quite the fall since October, when the Red Sox (+1000) were favored over the 2019 champion Washington Nationals and listed with the fourth-best odds overall. Of course, with all that's unfolded this winter, it doesn't come as a surprise.

The Red Sox have plenty to prove as they embark on their 2020 campaign. Can newly-acquired Alex Verdugo fill in adequately for Betts? Can the starting rotation hold its own while Sale misses time?

Those are just a couple of the many questions Boston will have to answer before we see those Vegas odds improve.

How David Price opting out of 2020 season impacts Red Sox, MLB

How David Price opting out of 2020 season impacts Red Sox, MLB

We won't see David Price in Dodger blue this season, after all.

The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher announced Saturday via Twitter he won't play in Major League Baseball's shortened 2020 season, citing health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dodgers said in a statement they fully support Price's decision.

A handful of other stars already have opted out of the 2020 season -- including Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond and Washington Nationals teammates Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross -- but Price is the biggest star yet to back out.

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From a business perspective, Price's decision saves the Red Sox some cash: Boston no longer has to pay its $5.7 million share of Price's $11.5 million prorated salary for 2020 after trading him to Los Angeles this offseason, per The Boston Globe's Alex Speier.

The Red Sox were just under the luxury tax for their 2020 payroll prior to the pandemic, and while the 2020 luxury tax in the age of COVID-19 has yet to be determined, per Speier, taking Price off their books gives them some flexibility.

But Price's decision obviously is about much more than money. A handful of players already have tested positive for COVID-19 since teams began training camps July 1, and the 34-year-old veteran is one of several players who have legitimate safety concerns about playing the season.

Price was expected to be a key rotation member for the World Series favorite Dodgers, and his decision to step away might cause others to follow his lead.

MLB, MLBPA announce initial coronavirus testing results

MLB, MLBPA announce initial coronavirus testing results

MLB and the MLB Players Association announced the results of the league's initial round of coronavirus testing on Friday.

According to their joint statement, 31 players and seven staff members tested positive out of the 3,185 total individuals tested (1.2 positivity rate). Nineteen of 30 teams had positive cases.


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While the results are promising, it's important to note there still will be significant health and safety hurdles for the league to avoid a spread when the 60-game season begins later this month. A number of teams, including the Boston Red Sox, started workouts Friday at their home ballparks.

Sox manager Ron Roenicke said Friday the team has some positive COVID-19 cases. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez did not join the rest of the team for the first day of workouts as he was "around somebody who was sick" and awaiting the results of his own coronavirus test.