2024 World Series odds, top free agents, MLB offseason calendar

By Adam Burke  (VSiN.com Managing Editor) 

November 2, 2023 10:44 AM

The Texas Rangers won the 2023 World Series and now there are only five teams that have never won the World Series. Three of them - the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, and Seattle Mariners - will all head into 2024 with decent odds, while the Milwaukee Brewers are still  a viable playoff contender and the Colorado Rockies are the longest of long shots.

It will take a while before everything settles down with free agency and offseason trades, but we can take stock of the 2024 World Series odds now and see if there are any values to be had or any prices to closely monitor.

2024 World Series Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

(odds as of 11/2, 8:45 a.m. PT)

Atlanta Braves +700

Los Angeles Dodgers +750

Houston Astros +900

Texas Rangers +900

Philadelphia Phillies +1100

New York Yankees +1300

Baltimore Orioles +1600

San Diego Padres +1600

Toronto Blue Jays +1700

Boston Red Sox +2000

Tampa Bay Rays +2000

Seattle Mariners +2000

New York Mets +2000

Arizona Diamondbacks +2500

Minnesota Twins +2500

Chicago Cubs +3000

San Francisco Giants +3000

Cincinnati Reds +4000

St. Louis Cardinals +4000

Milwaukee Brewers +4000

Detroit Tigers +5000

Miami Marlins +5500

Cleveland Guardians +6000

Pittsburgh Pirates +6000

Los Angeles Angels +6500

Washington Nationals +7000

Chicago White Sox +8000

Kansas City Royals +10000

Colorado Rockies +15000

Oakland Athletics +15000

Early Thoughts

The two Ohio teams are really intriguing at +4000 and +6000. The Reds are in a weak NL Central Division and a lot of young players got a lot of valuable experience this season. With a lot of pitching available on the free agent market, they can bolster the trio of Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Andrew Abbott to add a veteran innings eater. With so many young offensive pieces in the lineup, it wouldn’t be a shocker to see the Reds take a +4000 price into a home series in the Wild Card round.

The Guardians also have the benefit of a weak division and one where the Twins could lose any or all of Sonny Gray, Kenta Maeda, and Tyler Mahle from their rotation. At +6000, Cleveland has the best rotation in the division and a bullpen with a track record of success, albeit not this past season. They’re going to hire a more analytics-savvy manager that should mesh better with the roster. Also, they recently brought in billionaire David Blitzer as minority owner with 25% stake in the team and the option to buy in five years, so he may open the door for a little more spending to add some offensive punch. Kyle Manzardo and other young prospects may come up and have offensive impacts as well.

Even though the Braves are the favorite at +700, they have their entire lineup virtually locked in and will just be looking for some pitching help, which should be easy to acquire in a pitching-rich free agent market. The Phillies will have to replace Aaron Nola and add some rotation depth as well, so it will be an expensive arms race this offseason in the NL East.

The other team to watch really closely is the Mariners at +2000. They might have the best rotation in baseball with their collection of young arms and many of them got an education on the fly this season. This was an underperforming offense in 2023 and GM Jerry DiPoto has shown a willingness to be very active on the transaction front. A trade of a young arm for a young position player is something I anticipate and that could be enough to help them chase down the reigning World Series champs and the Houston dynasty.

Important MLB Offseason Dates

November 6: Free agency begins

November 7-9: GM Meetings (Scottsdale)

November 14: Qualifying offer deadline; 40-man roster deadline

November 14-16: Owners Meetings (Arlington)

November 17: Non-tender deadline (date to offer contracts to pre-arbitration/arbitration-eligible players)

December 3-6: Winter Meetings (Nashville)

December 6: Rule 5 Draft

January 12: Arbitration-eligible salary offer deadline

January 15: International signing period opens

February 12ish: Teams report to Spring Training

March 20: 2024 MLB season begins with Dodgers vs. Padres in Seoul, South Korea

March 28: Opening Day

Key MLB Free Agents


Tim Anderson

Harrison Bader

Cody Bellinger

Charlie Blackmon

Michael Brantley

Jeimer Candelario

Matt Chapman

Nelson Cruz

Josh Donaldson

Adam Duvall

Mitch Garver

Joey Gallo

Robbie Grossman

Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Teoscar Hernandez

Jung Hoo Lee

Rhys Hoskins

Kevin Kiermaier

J.D. Martinez

Joc Pederson

Tommy Pham

Hunter Renfroe

Gary Sanchez

Jorge Soler

Justin Turner

Joey Votto

Jesse Winker

Starting Pitchers

Trevor Bauer

Mike Clevinger

Jack Flaherty

Kyle Gibson

Lucas Giolito

Sonny Gray

Clayton Kershaw

Michael Lorenzen

Kenta Maeda

Tyler Mahle

Jordan Montgomery

Aaron Nola

James Paxton

Blake Snell

Julio Urias

Yoshinobu Yamamoto

Relief Pitchers

Aroldis Chapman

Josh Hader

Jordan Hicks

Craig Kimbrel

Will Smith

Ryne Stanek


Shohei Ohtani (recovering from Tommy John surgery; could DH on Opening Day, won’t pitch until 2025)

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