Odds to Win NL MVP for 2020 MLB Season Reveal Tight Race Toward Top

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2020 NL MVP odds have Mookie Betts slightly favored over Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich.
2020 NL MVP odds have Mookie Betts slightly favored over Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The 2020 NL MVP race is wide open as spring training gets underway. Cody Bellinger captured last year's award by a slim margin over Christian Yelich, but the race has been complicated by the Los Angeles Dodgers' trade for Mookie Betts.

New rising stars like Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña Jr. are also close behind. The NL saw 10 different winners during the 2010s, and projecting a winner has been quite difficult throughout that stretch.

NL MVP Betting Odds 2020

Mookie Betts has opened as a slight favorite to win the 2020 NL MVP at +600 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Yelich and Bellinger are right behind Betts in a tie with +700 odds. Juan Soto is at +900 odds and Ronald Acuña rounds out the top 5 at +1000.

Betts' shocking trade to the Dodgers threw a new ripple into an already tight race. Yelich won the 2018 NL MVP with a brilliant season, but he's coming back from fractured kneecap and will need to lift the Brewers to contention once again. Bellinger had a dominant year with the Dodgers, but he slowed down in the second half and will lose votes to Betts, his new teammate.

Soto and Acuña, the two young NL East stars, are also looking primed to break into the MVP conversation after impressing for a second consecutive year. Other superstars like Nolan Arenado (+1600), Freddie Freeman (+2000), and Bryce Harper (+2200) are still legitimate threats as well.

Whatever the case, the NL MVP race looks set to go down to the final month of the season once again.

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