Now that the 2018 MLB Season is almost over, those who love to gamble on baseball are turning to futures as a fun way to get some extra action in before winter arrives. For example, even though the first World Series pitch hasn’t been thrown yet it’s still possible to stake who will win in 2019 at some places, with a multitude of options available.
So now that the Los Angeles Angels (formerly of Anaheim) have opted out of their stadium lease in Orange County, it’s of course possible to stake which city they’ll be playing in for 2020. Owner Arte Moreno has long said he wishes to keep the team in Anaheim and even spent millions of dollars on renovations to Angel Stadium less than 5 years ago to bring it into the 21st century. It’s the 4th oldest park in Major League Baseball and definitely needs some love since there have been a lot of advancements since it opened in 1966.
As there’s quite a bit of uncertainty, “visionaries” over at BetDSI Casino & Sportsbook have posted odds on where they’ll go, with some of destinations being quite surprising. First off, we can get “Southern California” out of the way as the favorite, currently paying -1000 for the Angels to stay put. Things then get interesting as the second favorite to grab them is Las Vegas at +500, which isn’t so crazy now that they have a popular NHL team and an NFL franchise on the way.
The next three listed to get the squad are Charlotte (+800), Nashville (+1200), and Portland (+1200), which makes sense as all are cities in the midst of expansion and population growth. Then bookmakers must have gotten drunk on maple syrup because they put two cities in the Great White North as possibilities for relocation, with Vancouver paying +1500 and Montreal paying +2000. Those in the know would have thought these numbers should have been reversed bas Montreal is 3x the size of Vancouver, used to have the Expos, and have an active group trying to bring an MLB team there. However, maybe they know something we don’t about a pro baseball team moving to Canada? Meh, probably not.
Options are then finished by two longest shots, Mexico City at +5000 and San Juan at +10000. Major League Baseball has long flirted with Mexico as a destination but putting a team there full-time seems highly unlikely at this point.
If you want to bet on Los Angeles Angels relocation or any other fun futures, head on over and check out current odds at BetDSI and see what’s posted.
***Odds correct as of October 23, 2018.***