According to Bodog.com, the Rays are tied as the 9th favorite to win it all in 2012 at 18/1 (tied with the Cardinals, Phillies are tops at 5/1).
That is not bad considering the Rays have yet to do anything this off-season. But you could also make a case that it is far too low.
Even with a weak lineup, the 2012 Rays are a 90-win team. And while in previous years, success was contingent on the rotation staying healthy (they always do), that is really no longer that important. You can make a case that the Rays have eight big league starting pitchers in their organization.
And if the Rays are a 90-win team now, what are they if they add a bat or if a couple of in-house guys catch fire and have a career-year?
We’re not saying these guys should be the favorites. But let’s just say that if we were laying money, there is a lot of value at 18/1.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Andy Sonnanstine has signed with the Chicago Cubs. [ESPN Chicago]
- Ken Rosenthal says the Rays are one of several teams showing interest in trading for the A’s Andrew Bailey. The A’s closer is a two-time All-Star, and will be 28 in 2012. [@Ken_Rosenthal]
- Based on a recent St. Pete Times poll, Tampa residents prefer the Rays in St. Pete. But is it because they really want the Rays in St. Pete? Or (more likely) is it because non-sports fans don’t want to pay for a new stadium? [Shadow of the Stadium]
- Will Raheem Morris be back in 2012? [Joe Bucs Fan]
- Evan Longoria recently got the TMZ treatment (video below)