Atlanta Braves Remain Top 5 in World Series Odds After Signing Closer Will Smith

David Kaestle
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We have yet to even reach the start of the MLB Winter Meetings and the MLB hot stove is already churning out heat. For many fans, the agonizing, months-long wait for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to sign their new contracts is still fresh on the mind, but this offseason is off to a much quicker start.

Thursday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves inked closer Will Smith to a new 3-year, $39 million contract. Smith was arguably the best reliever on the market and he filled a dire need for the Atlanta Braves – a solid, consistent closer.

Although, the real question remains, what does this do for the Braves' World Series aspirations?

The Braves' World Series odds now sit at +1100, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, giving Atlanta the fourth-best odds to win it all in 2020.

Atlanta opened last season at +1900 to win the World Series, and got down as low as +1000 during the NLDS, which the Braves lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. But when the 2020 World Series odds opened a few weeks ago, the Braves still sat at +1100.

While Atlanta's odds don't seem to have been directly affected by the addition of Smith, adding a player of his caliber could certainly help the Braves become World Series contenders in 2020.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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