The Astros sign-stealing scandal has sent shock waves throughout Major League Baseball ever since the details were uncovered around the comprehensive 2017 cheating operation last month.
It wasn't until this past Monday that the actual fallout and punishment for Houston's wrongdoing was unveiled, though. Manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow were each suspended for one year, and were then promptly fired once the team became aware of those punishments.
However, unlike the Boston Red Sox, who have their own sign-stealing scandal investigation going on and whose now-former manager Alex Cora was said to be the ringleader of the operation in both Houston and Boston, the Astros' odds to win the 2020 World Series have barely budged.
The Astros currently have +600 odds to win the World Series next season, which is just a slight movement from the +550 line they had at the start of the week. Those odds are good for third best in the majors, trailing only the New York Yankees (+350) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (+550), but sitting well ahead of the fourth-placed Atlanta Braves (+1200).
Disregarding all of the Astros' off-the-field problems, their team on the field hasn't exactly improved this offseason. Failing to make any major or significant additions, Houston has watched a handful of talented players walk out the door, including star pitcher Gerrit Cole, who is now a Yankee.
While the offseason isn't over yet, it is somewhat curious to see so little movement in the Astros' odds, especially in the fallout of the scandal. Unless Houston can make some meaningful additions to help them on the field, you can only imagine its odds will get worse from now until spring training, even if it's only a small move.
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