Gambling sports handicappers have a lot to consider as the deals kept coming right up the Saturday’s deadline with many sports book gambling contenders having improved.
The Texas Rangers, upstart leaders of the American League West Division, made the biggest splash by acquiring ace starting pitcher Cliff Lee from Seattle, who was the best player on the entire market. Not only that, the Rangers completed their awesome batter with catcher Bengie Molina.
Not only that, the Rangers also acquired another run producing right hand hitter in Jorge Cantu and infield insurance with Cristian Guzman. Texas proved that they are serious about a pennant run and this will go a long way towards earning credibility with their fans after filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy and being place on the auction block.
The San Diego Padres were already a surprise leader of the National League West Division and have made the next move to solidify their status.
The Padres have emerged as the biggest baseball wagering value on the board as nobody picked them to have a shot at the playoffs and they decided to “double down” with the acquisition of Ryan Ludwick and Miguel Tejada, which is a major boost to their offense and a solid compliment to their pitching staff.
The New York Yankees, of course, can always afford to improve and they did so yet again at the trade deadline to become the clear favorite with the baseball odds to repeat as World Series winners.
The Bronx Bombers addressed their gap at designated hitter by acquiring Lance Berkman from the Houston Astros and also added depth to their lineup against left hand pitchers by acquiring Austin Kearns from Cleveland.
The Kansas City Royals may not be a contender but they are methodically building for the future and added to those efforts at the deadline by unloading expensive veterans Scott Podsednik, Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth for five top prospects that they can add to their already impressive farm system.
The 2-time defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies were another gambling sports winner at the trade deadline. By adding Houston starting ace Roy Oswalt to their pitching staff they make up for the loss of Cliff Lee last off season.