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Let’s take a look at a few players who offer terrific value and potential for the upcoming MLB season.
Odds provided by Westgate LV Superbook.
Chris Carter – New York Yankees (80/1)
The New York Yankees inked, 2016 National League home run co-leader, Chris Carter to a ridiculously inexpensive 1-year, three million dollar deal in early February. The real-life “Pedro Cerrano” from ‘Major League’ will certainly suffer his fair share of strikeouts, but hitting in Yankee Stadium (especially for a player willing to spray the ball with power to all fields) will almost certainly allow Carter to flirt with the 40 home run mark once again. He will, most likely, start in a platoon situation and only play against lefties, but injuries alway happen in baseball and there is no player being dropped into a better situation to rack up home run production than the mighty righty. Supreme value at 80/1.
Edwin Encarnacion – Cleveland Indians (40/1)
Edwin Encarnacion has made the move from the Toronto Blue Jays to the defending American League Champions, the Cleveland Indians. While Edwin is certainly moving to a less home run friendly ballpark, that shouldn’t impact his production in a negative way – his home runs are not exactly “wall scratchers”. Over the last five seasons, only Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles (197) has hit more home runs than Encarnacion’s 193. He’s perfectly capable of putting up a 45-plus dinger campaign, and at 40/1 you have to jump on that.
Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs (20/1)
At 20/1, Kris Bryant may not be as much of a long shot as the other sluggers listed in this article, but based on potential he has to be considered incredible value. Bryant is the perfect home run specimen. He’s tall, slender but strong, and has the perfect amount of uppercut in his swing to put some historic numbers on the board at Wrigley Field. He’s like a modern day version of Dave Kingman. His goal each and every time he comes to the plate (a swing and strategy drilled home by his father at a very young age) is to create loft and hit long fly balls. When you play 81 games at “The Friendly Confines”, you can expect a lot of those long fly balls to land in the basket above the outfield wall in left – or out on Waveland Avenue.