Red Sox: The 2009 favorite?

Here’s one of the fun secrets about being a sportswriter: Public relations folks from sports betting Web sites flood your e-mail with all matter of goofy odds in hope that you’ll share them with the public and give them gratis advertising. Well,, today is your lucky day.

An e-mail popped into my box today announcing that, though this year’s World Series ended not 15 hours ago, it’s never too early to wager on next year’s champion. Free agency starts in 15 days? Winter meetings still more than a month away? No matter. The Red Sox, at 3 to 1, are your early favorites to win the World Series.


Here is the full list, courtesy of

Boston Red Sox 3/1
Chicago Cubs 5/1
LA Angels 5/1
Philadelphia Phillies 6/1
New York Yankees 6/1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10/1
Chicago White Sox 10/1
New York Mets 12/1
Milwaukee Brewers 15/1
Minnesota Twins 15/1
LA Dodgers 15/1
Toronto Blue Jays 20/1
Detroit Tigers 25/1
Florida Marlins 30/1
Houston Astros 30/1
St. Louis Cardinals 30/1
Cleveland Indians 30/1
Atlanta Braves 30/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 40/1
Colorado Rockies 40/1
Texas Rangers 50/1
Cincinnati Reds 50/1
Oakland Athletics 50/1
San Francisco Giants 80/1
KC Royals 100/1
Baltimore Orioles 100/1
Seattle Mariners 100/1
San Diego Padres 100/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 200/1
Washington Nationals 300/1

For the purpose of entertainment only: What’s your best bet, and do you agree that the Red Sox should be favored?

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