Whether you think that the sanctions handed down to the Houston Astros by commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday weren't harsh enough or they did the job, it's hard to argue the impact the ruling has already had on Major League Baseball.
Hours after he was named as a central conspirator in the Astros' electronic sign stealing scheme, Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox mutually agreed to part ways.
Cora's dismissal followed that of A.J. Hinch, whom the Astros relieved of his duties on Tuesday afternoon. Both managers won a World Series in the span of the last three seasons.
With the American League now in a state of flux, let's take a look at the impact of MLB's investigation on Boston's 2020 title odds.
Boston Red Sox 2020 World Series Odds
The Red Sox World Series odds stand at +2500, worse than the +2200 they were prior to the Cora dismissal. However, 12 other teams currently have better odds to win the Fall Classic in 2020 than Boston. With the future of All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts still very much in flux, that figure could continue to climb.
According to Jon Morosi, though, the likelihood of a Betts deal has started to taper off as of late.
The speculation of a J.D. Martinez trade has dried up as well, after the Red Sox were rumored to be exploring a potential salary dump to avoid the luxury tax in 2020. Martinez declined to opt-out of his five-year, $110 million deal this offseason.
Any other odds movement seems to be tied to both a Betts deal and the replacement manager. Assuming the Red Sox don't look to move Jackie Bradley Jr. or any of their other assets, a splash hire could cause their odds to increase ever so slightly.
Still, their present situation seems to suggest the Red Sox won't be climbing the futures boards anytime soon.
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