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Is the 2017 MLB Online Betting Offseason Slower than Usual?

We’re in the middle of the MLB online betting offseason, which means that the Hot Stove around the league is buzzing with the latest trades, offers, and rumors. However, despite how much hearsay and speculation we are witnessing, very little has changed around the league so far. Essentially, the only thing we’ve really seen is Justin Upton sign a $105 million extension with the Los Angeles Angels, as well as the Oakland Athletics decision to ship Ryon Healy to the Marines in exchange for Emilio Pagan. And that’s about all the chances sports betting sites have seen out of the MLB this offseason, unfortunately. Obviously we’ve seen some minor league chances and signing, but it’s definitely nothing to get riled about.

Granted, the offseason is still very young and it has plenty of developing to do. But even now, with Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, this year’s offseason has been uncharacteristically slow: we’re seeing fewer transactions than we’re used to seeing in past offseasons. Normally, the first couple weeks of the winter season are filled to the brim with small trades or transfers, free agent signings and acquisitions, as well as a plethora of teams looking to cash in big on a quick-strike bargain. But we haven’t seen any of that this year. For comparison, here’s a brief look back at the pre-Turkey Day activity the last couple of MLB online betting offseasons.

2016-17 Offseason

Trades: [7] Cameron Maybin was sent to the Angels, Pat Neshek went to Philly, Vidal Nuno in exchange for Carlos Ruiz, Howie Kendricks to Philadelphia as well, Danny Valencia went to Seattle, Brian McCann got sent to Houston and Jean Segura was traded for Taijuan Walker – among others.

Free Agent Acquisitions: [10] Angels brought in Andrew Bailey as well as Jesse Chavez, Atlanta signed RA Dickey and Bartolo Colon, Toronto picked up Kendrys Morales, Astros signed Charlie Morton and Josh Reddick, Cardinals added Brett Cecil, Texas agreed to terms with Andrew Cashner and the Twins singed Jason Castro.

The reigning World Series champion Houston Astros were quickly busy in the early parts of last year’s offseason. Obviously the moves paid off, which would lead one to believe that clubs around the MLB would be looking to emulate Houston’s approach. But online sportsbooks are actually witnessing the opposite as clubs seem pretty hesitant to make any eye-popping additions. We also saw a pretty big move happen on Thanksgiving, as the Diamondbacks shipped Segura, Mitch Haniger, and Zac Curtis to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Walker and Ketel Marte.

2015-16 Offseason

Trades: [11] Logan Morrison for Nate Karns (and others), Aaron Hicks in return for John Ryan Murphy, Andrelton Simmons went to LA, Joaquin Benoit got shipped to Seattle, Craig Kimbrel made the move to Boston, Jeremy Hellickson got sent to Philadelphia, Leonys Martin became a Mariner, Jonathan Villar went to the Brewers, Jesse Chavez got traded for Liam Hendriks, Cameron Maybin to Detroit, and Jed Lowrie was sent to the Athletics.

Free Agent Acquisitions: [8] Braves brought in AJ Pierzynski as well as Bud Norris, Seattle acquired Franklin Gutierrez and Chris Lannetta, Oakland signed Rich Hill, Angels brought in Cliff Pennington and Geovany Soto and the White Sox agreed to terms with Alex Avila.