Thursday, November 13, 2008

Place Your Bets

Unbelievable as it may sounds, Manny Ramirez has still not signed with the Dodgers. Who would have thunk it?

Well, we learn through the Times this morning that the Dodgers most recent offer was below the mark as super-agent, Scott Boras, remarks that he will be taking serious offers this coming Friday. I guess the potential $60mil-3 year deal was not enough. Of course, no one expected a deal to be done before a bidding war could be started.
"It's not surprising that he would want to test the market," Colletti said of Boras. "It's in his history, and it was expected."
On top of that, the Angels might be interested. No!!!!! I still hate thinking about "what could have been" if Vlade had joined the Dodgers.

Nevertheless, today's situation makes me wonder about the odds. What are the betters saying about the chances that Manny stays in Blue. Fortunately, I got a fortuitous email from a betting site called BetOnline.com that laid it all out for me.

They outline the following odds regarding Manny's future destination:

Dodgers 1/2
Yankees 4/1
Mets 6/1
Blue Jays 6/1
Other 3/1

I don't know if they are actually taking bets based on these odds since I can't find any reference to it on their website, but it is interesting nonetheless. They seem to think that Manny will be staying in LA.

On a side note they also provide odds regarding Furcal's future home:

Dodgers 7/5
Cubs 3/1
Giants 5/1
Blue Jays 5/1
A's 8/1
Other 11/4

On the other hand, maybe all these numbers are bunk and that email I got was just an elaborate ruse to get me to write about it. To which I say, "thanks!" I really couldn't think of anything to write about today.
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