The delayed opening day of the Major League Baseball season is approaching April 7, and bettors are placing their MLB futures bets at FanDuel Sportsbook. A look a the American League MVP odds and you'll see the three leading favorites drawing the most action.
But there are plenty of other players who could surprise in the MVP chase.
With that in mind, here are three dark-horse American League MVP candidates to consider ahead of the 2022 MLB season.
MLB AL MVP Dark Horses 2022
1. Corey Seager (+4000)
Corey Seager joins the Texas Rangers after signing a massive 10-year, $325 million contract. Texas will have to win more for Seager to join the MVP conversation, but his odds present a value opportunity. In 19 career games at the Rangers' home ballpark, Seager has hit .356 with 8 HRs, 22 RBI and an OPS of 1.195. He's posted strong WAR numbers in seasons past, and should enjoy plenty of success on his new team and surroundings.
2. Carlos Correa (+4500)
The Minnesota Twins landed shortstop Carlos Correa from the Houston Astros, and he comes to Minneapolis off of a 26 HR season adding 92 RBI and hitting .279. The 27-year-old is a prime candidate to help the Twins rebound off a disappointing season that followed a playoff appearance the previous year. In 15 career games at Target Field, Correa has batted .413 with 7 HRs and 20 RBI. The two-time All-Star ranked third among shortstops last season with a 5.8 WAR, and he'll be slotted into the No. 3 spot in the Twins lineup and have a great chance to post bigger numbers.
3. Matt Chapman (+13000)
Matt Chapman also joins a new team in Toronto, and the elite defensive 3B adds to the Blue Jays' already strong lineup. Chapman can improve his power numbers moving from Oakland to Toronto. He hit 27 HRs last year and 36 for the A's in 2019 when he batted .249. The 28-year-old is a dark horse who could definitely rise up for Toronto.