Moves New York can make to Help Yankees’ Futures Odds
The online baseball betting offseason is just getting started but we’re already seeing some hot moves out of the New York Yankees. This week, the Yanks announced that they’re bringing in a new manager, Aaron Boone, to take over for Joe Girardi. While some bettors may be taken back by the decision, the move was undoubtedly influenced by New York’s failure to bring in Shohei Ohtani. The Japanese ace ‘slash-slugger’ apparently has a preference for non-East Coast teams, one that the Yankees’ management could not overcome. It didn’t help the Yankees’ futures odds one bit, but at least New York was able take a step in the right direction with Boone’s hiring.
“We are certainly going to be active in the free agent market,” owner Hal Steinbrenner stated during Boone’s welcome presser. “The Winter Meetings are imminent and we will be active in the free agent market. We will leave no stone unturned, and where we think we need improvement we’re going to do our best, as we always do, to make it happen.
Sportsbook betting fans know there’s no question that two things at the forefront of the Yankees’ offseason to-do list were bringing in a new manager and signing Ohtani. While New York failed at the latter, they had no problem accomplishing the forefront. But now that those tasks have found their resolutions, the club can begin to focus on the rest of that list. So what moves can New York make to help the Yankees’ futures odds?
Bolstering the coaching staff would vastly improve the Yankees’ title chances. Last season, New York was able to turn in a 91-71 season on their way to an American League Championship Series appearance. The right additions to the coaching staff might convince baseball betting sites that this team has what it takes to go that extra postseason mile. Specifically, New York still needs a bench coach, hitting coach, assistant hitting coach, 1st base coach, 3rd base coach, as well as a bullpen coach. Given Boone’s lack of experience behind the desk, online baseball betting fans would expect the Yankees’ new manager to seek seasoned coaches. However, it appears that is not the case.
“Experience is certainly a factor and something that should be of value, but it’s not the be-all, end-all for me,” Boone clarified during his introductory press conference. “I want smart sitting next to me. I want confident sitting next to me.”
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) December 6, 2017
“Whether that is guys with all kinds of experience or little experience, I am not concerned about that.”
Strengthen Pitching Rotation
The Yankees need to bring in another pitcher and it wouldn’t hurt to grab two. Ohtani was at the top of the list but since that shipped has sailed, the Yankees need to shift their focus elsewhere. Below is a look at New York’s current depth chart that should help sportsbook betting players understand why this team needs to bolster their rotation.
- Luis Severino
- Masahiro Tanaka
- Sonny Gray
- Jordan Montgomery
- Luis Cessa
- Bryan Mitchell
- Domingo German
The top-4 is pretty dominant but the rest is unproven at best. Apparently, New York is looking to bring in Chad Green. Ultimately this would be a good move, but it might not be enough. Green does have some pretty overwhelming numbers in relief however, as he’s ranked 10th amongst all relievers with +2.7 WAR.
Yankees Futures’ Odds
At the moment, MLB betting sites have New York pegged at around +1000 odds. All things considered, this isn’t a bad line for bettors to take. Granted you’re taking a risk on a new manager. That said, there’s no denying how energetic, lively, and full of confidence Boone is. The type of confidence that spreads to the bullpen. And given how close to glory New York was last season, that confidence might be just what they need to bring another title back home.