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- Baseball is back, with all 30 teams tuning up in spring training ahead of opening day.
- In the National League, the Phillies have jumped into contending position with their blockbuster signing of Bryce Harper in free agency.
- Meanwhile, the Yankees, Red Sox, and Astros still seem a cut above the rest of the American League heading into 2019.
Baseball season is upon us.
After a hot stove season that took a bit of time to heat up, some big names were finally moved. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado both signed massive deals that set up the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres with a key player for years to come.
With Harper’s move to the Phillies, Philadelphia becomes a legit contender in the National League alongside the Los Angeles Dodgers and a competitive Central division. Meanwhile, the American League still looks like it will be dominated by the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros.
Take a look below to see where every team stands heading into the 2019 season.
Odds courtesy of bovada.lv and current as of March 13.
30. Baltimore Orioles
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2018 record: 47-115
2019 over/under win total: 59.5
Odds to win World Series: 600/1
One thing to know: Chris Davis’ $161 million contract remains one of the biggest monetary blunders in baseball. Hopefully, he can improve on his .168 batting average in the 2019 campaign.
29. Miami Marlins
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2018 record: 63-98
2019 over/under win total: 63.5
Odds to win World Series: 350/1
One thing to know: While Miami is still struggling in the dregs of the NL East, former Marlins are prospering across the league, with Christian Yelich as reigning NL MVP and Giancarlo Stanton happily hitting home runs with the Yankees.
28. Detroit Tigers
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2018 record: 64-98
2019 over/under win total: 68.5
Odds to win World Series: 250/1
One thing to know: Miguel Cabrera may be past his days as MVP, but he still has a few tricks of his sleeve, as he showed with a slick hidden ball trick in spring training this year.
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