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Dodgers Odds and Lines: Despite Slow Offseason, LA Still Favored to Reach World Series

It’s been a slow offseason for the Dodgers. In addition to losing valuable contributors like Trea Turner, Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney, Tommy Kahnle, and Chris Martin, Los Angeles has declined to engage in the wild free-agent market that has seen contract values explode across the league.

There are a couple reasons for L.A.’s slow offseason. It’s been reported that the team is set on getting below the luxury tax to reset the escalating penalties, which would preclude them from paying the top dollar so many of the top free agents have been getting. In addition, the Dodgers have a handful of prospects who are ready or nearly ready for the big leagues, and they want to give them a chance to show what they can do.

Still, despite all the frustration of this offseason, BetMGM still has the Dodgers as the co-favorites to win the pennant and represent the National League in the World Series.

The Mets have gone crazy this offseason, committing over $800 million in contracts (although more than $300 million of that isn’t official yet because Carlos Correa is missing a leg or something). After winning 101 games last year, they’re all in to win even more in 2023. The Braves were right there with the Mets in 2022, and while they haven’t been as active this offseason, they’re still likely to be a very good team. And, of course, the Padres are committed to winning in 2023 and beyond.

The Dodgers are probably going to win fewer games than they did last year, but there’s still potential to be a very good team. And while they didn’t get the job done last postseason, they have the manpower to make a run when the time comes.

I probably wouldn’t say they’re the favorites, so I wouldn’t recommend betting on them at those odds, but 2023 should still be a good year for the Dodgers.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. Only need to win 90 games to make the playoffs. This team as currently constructed is capable of that.

  2. That/s a bet I’m going to make a lot of money on. No one can win with a Triple A roster, a bias FO, and a Little league manager. But they sure can raise ticket prices and over pay chokers like Betts…

    1. 100% agree. A couple of key injuries and looking at a third place finish at best. Friedman + Doc = good luck!

  3. World Series? World Series? Where’s Jim More when you need him? This team as it stands is a couple of key injuries from finishing fourth. Friedman and Doc a deadly combo. Continue to waste my time as none of my comments make it lately

  4. And so what…. we still have a manger who has shown over and over he can’t win the big ones…so really does it matter if we make it to WS NO!!!

  5. Maybe this year will see us end up in 3rd or 4th place and that might be a good thing: Bye Bye DOC…wouldn’t that be worth it!
    PS. Bonus: a couple of the kind actually start fulfilling promise.

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