At this point, it's anyone's guess when the MLB's remaining top free agents will sign a contract for the 2018 season and beyond.
The MLB season is officially three weeks away, yet the likes of Jake Arrieta and Mike Moustakas, to name a few, remain unsigned. With the season fast approaching, Bovada is giving its best guess as to where the former All Stars will play in 2018.
According to Bovada, the Brewers have the best odds to sign Arrieta at 7/4, followed by the Nationals at 5/2, the Padres at 11/4, the Phillies at 9/2 and the Twins at 8/1.
Arrieta, 32, put together a stellar string of years with the Cubs in which he won the 2015 Cy Young Award and was named an All Star in 2016. He owns a 3.08 ERA in nine career postseason starts, all coming with the Cubs from 2015-2017.
Arrieta joining either the Brewers or Nationals would surely intensify the National League pennant race. The Brewers finished six games back of the Cubs in the NL Central in 2017, so Arrieta could theoretically help get them over the hump in 2018.
The Nationals have a stellar starting rotation as is, with the likes of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez. However, adding Arrieta and his postseason success would only help a Nationals team seeking its first postseason series win in franchise history.
Bovada gives the White Sox the best odds to sign Moustakas at 6/5, followed by the Royals at 8/5, the Yankees at 4/1 and the Brewers at 5/1.
Although Moustakas, 29, has recently been linked to the White Sox, such a move seems unlikely. The White Sox currently have Yolmer Sanchez and Matt Davidson on the roster to play third base, both of which experienced success in 2017.
Sanchez hit a respectable .267 in 141 games with the White Sox in 2017, while Davidson hit .220 with 26 home runs in 118 games.
Moustakas has spent his entire seven-year career with the Royals, winning the World Series in 2015. He would be a significant addition, as he hit .272 with 38 home runs and 85 RBIs in 148 games in 2017.
At the same time, the White Sox could be looking to play younger players and not dip into free agency until they are closer to contention. Of course, this might not be for a few more seasons, so Moustakas might have to look elsewhere for his new home.
For the full free agency odds, go to Bovada's official website.
Update: After publication, Moustakas and the Royals agreed to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2019.
NBC Sports Chicago is on Apple News. Favorite us!