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Braves 2019 World Series Odds Unaffected by Donaldson and McCann Signings

Josh Donaldson runs to first base after connecting with a pitch.
Will Josh Donaldson change addresses yet again? Photo by Keith Allison (flickr)
  •  The Braves’ 2019 World Series odds haven’t changed despite a pair of splashy moves
  • Josh Donaldson was one of the most coveted free agents on the market
  • Donaldson can elevate Atlanta into a World Series contender

The Atlanta Braves racked up quite the bill on Cyber Monday.  The reigning NL East champs dipped deep into their savings to sign former AL MVP Josh Donaldson to a one-year contract.

The Braves holiday shopping didn’t end there as they also signed Brian McCann to a one-year deal, but despite the spending spree Atlanta’s World Series odds haven’t budged since they were released on October 29th.

2019 World Series Odds

Team Odds
Boston Red Sox +650
Houston Astros +700
New York Yankees +750
Los Angeles Dodgers +800
Chicago Cubs +1200
Cleveland Indians +1300
Milwaukee Brewers +1300
Atlanta Braves +1400

Donaldson Can Be a Difference Maker

With all due respect to McCann, Donaldson is the reason why Braves fans should be giddy.

Yes, he’s been plagued by injuries the last two seasons, but his ceiling is as high as any player in baseball.

Prior to 2018, he compiled three straight seasons of at least 33 home runs and a .939 OPS, and according to Fangraphs he’s the most valuable infielder in baseball over the last six years.

From 2013 to 2018, only Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw posted a higher WAR than Donaldson

. Donaldson will add some much needed pop to a Braves line-up that hasn’t produced a 30 home run hitter since 2016.

The Braves Belong Among the NL Elite

With the addition of Donaldson, the Braves now have one of the deepest rosters in the NL.  Their infield is anchored by two 2018 All-Stars in Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies, and their outfield features one of the best prospects of the last decade.

Their pitching staff is no slouch either, as the majority of the arms that produced the second-lowest ERA in the NL last season will return in 2019.

Bet the Braves

Atlanta won 90 games last season, but per run differential, they played closer to a 92 win team. They’ll be heavily favored to repeat in the NL East, and their offense has just been massively upgraded.

Their odds should be closer to the Dodgers and Cubs but for some reason the books are sleeping on them.  Grab the value now before they adjust.

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