The 2020 MLB season is still months away, however 5Dimes baseball oddsmakers have dropped the opening odds on how many games each MLB team will win in the 2020 season. All but the Houston Astros that is.
MLB Total 2020 Season Wins
Arizona Diamondbacks: 82½
Arizona went 85-77 a year ago but finished a distant 21 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. Still, the Diamondbacks signed free agent Madison Bumgarner to a five-year, $85 million deal while also adding veteran right-hander Junior Guerra.
Atlanta Braves: 91½
After winning 97 games to claim the NL East title last season, the Braves added veteran southpaw starter Cole Hamels for one year and $18 million while also adding former Giants reliever Will Smith for $39 million over three years and catcher Travis d’Arnaud for two years. The Over is looking good in the ATL!
Baltimore Orioles: 55½
The O’s suffered 108 losses last season, and they could again in 2020. Baltimore’s only offseason moves of consequence if you can call it that, was a trade of Jonathan Villar to Miami and a Rule 5 draft of right-hander Brandon Bailey. Ugh!
Boston Red Sox: 88½
The BoSox went 84-78 last season after winning it all in 2018. Boston added infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year, $3 million deal. Still, rumors persist they could move lefty David Price, among others. Oh yeah, and then there’s that thing where the red Sox now have to find a new manager because of Alex Cora’s cheating ways.
Chicago Cubs: 86½
Chicago underachieved by recording a modest 84 wins a year ago, and the Cubbies didn’t do much of anything this offseason. However, rumors persist that they could move former NL MVP Kris Bryant.
Chicago White Sox: 83½
After winning just 72 games a year ago, the White Sox added catcher Yasmani Grandal on a four-year deal while also acquiring outfielder Nomar Mazara from the Rangers for prospect Steele Walker.
Cincinnati Reds: 83½
Cincy went 75-87 last season but added veteran first baseman Mike Moustakas to the largest free-agent deal in franchise history while selecting 28-year-old outfielder Mark Payton (.334/.400/.653) as the No. 12 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.
Cleveland Indians: 87½
93 wins weren’t enough to overcome Minnesota’s 101 wins in the AL Central last season. The Tribe parted ways with former superstar hurler Corey Kluber and rumors persist that they could move Francisco Lindor.
Colorado Rockies: 74½
The Rockies took a huge step backward from their beautiful 2018 season by going a dismal 71-91 a year ago. To make matters worse, Colorado didn’t do much of anything this offseason except listen to offers for superstar Nolan Arenado.
Detroit Tigers: 56½
Detroit went an awful 47-114 last season but had a great offseason by selecting right-hander Rony Garcia with the No. 1 pick in the Rule 5 draft while signing veteran catcher Austin Romine to a one-year deal.
Houston Astros – No Odds
Since losing to Washington in the 2019 World Series, Houston has been absolutely rocked by the sign-stealing scandal that cost them their GM, manager, and a pair of first and second-round draft picks over the next two MLB drafts. Still, the ‘Stros are stacked, and they could easily contend to win it all again in 2020.
Kansas City Royals: 65½
Kansas City went 59-103 in 2019 but drafted gifted, but oft-injured right-hander Stephen Woods Jr. with the No. 4 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.
Los Angeles Angels: 85½
After winning just 72 games a year ago, the Angels signed former Nats star Anthony Rendon to a $245 million contract over seven years to go along with AL MVP Mike Trout. That addition alone means LA should be better in 2020, though I’m not feeling 86 wins.
Los Angeles Dodgers: 98½
The Dodgers won 106 games last season, but their big offseason moves consisted of signing the unheralded Blake Treinen to a one-year deal. Still, LA is looking good in the watered-down NL west.
Miami Marlins: 64½
Fresh off a 105-loss season, Miami’s big offseason moves were the selection of right-hander Sterling Sharp with the No. 3 pick in the Rule 5 Draft, the signing second baseman Gosuke Katoh to a minor-league deal and the addition of right-handed relief pitcher Yimi Garcia.
Milwaukee Brewers: 83½
The Brewers went 89-73 to finish two games in back of St. Louis in the NL Central last season but made a solid if low-key addition of hurler Josh Lindblom to a three-year deal after he spent the previous two seasons pitching in Korea.
Minnesota Twins: 91½
The Twins won 101 games a year ago to claim the AL Central crown. Minnesota retained veteran right-hander Jake Odorizzi and fellow right-hander Michael Pineda while giving veteran big Bopper Jose Abreu a new, three-year extension.
New York Mets: 86½
New York went 86-76 last season and lost Zack Wheeler to the division-rival Phillies this offseason. The good news is that the Mets signed veteran hurlers Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha in free agency.
New York Yankees: 101½
After winning 103 games to claim the AL East title a year ago, the Yankees made the biggest splash that could be made this offseason by signing superstar right-hander Gerrit Cole away from the Houston Astros.
Oakland Athletics: 89½
The A’s won 97 games last season. Still, their big offseason move was to acquire former Phillies second baseman, Vimael Machin – for cash!
Philadelphia Phillies: 85½
Philly failed to live up to their playoff hopes by going a mediocre 81-81 after signing Bryce Harper to a ridiculous 10-year, $330 million deal, the Phillies signed talented, but oft-injured veteran right-hander Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million deal while also adding former Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious for one year and $14 million.
Pittsburgh Pirates: 71½
The Pirates went 69-93 last year, and you can expect more of the same after the NL Central cellar-dwellers failed to make a single significant move this offseason.
San Diego Padres: 83½
After going 70-92 to finish last in the NL West, the Padres signed Drew Pomeranz to a four-year deal while acquiring outfielder Trent Grisham and right-hander Zach Davies in a trade with Milwaukee.
San Francisco Giants: 71½
The Giants are coming off an uninspiring 77-85 campaign in 2019, but they added former Angels outfielder Zack Cozart while getting shortstop Will Wilson in the deal. San Francisco also added right-hander Kevin Gausman on a one-year deal worth $9 million even though they saw former staff ace Madison Bumgarner bolt in free agency.
Seattle Mariners: 67½
Seattle’s 68 wins landed them in last place in the NL West last season, and they failed to make any significant moves that could help them surpass that figure in 2020.
St. Louis Cardinals: 88½
St. Louis went 91-71 a year ago to win the NL Central last season. Although they failed to make any real additions this offseason, the Cards did manage to re-sign veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright.
Tampa Bay Rays: 90½
The Rays won a fantastic 96 games to finish second to the Yankees in the AL East. Still, Tampa Bay did add Japanese outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, veteran Hunter Renfroe and free-agent outfielder Avisail Garcia.
Texas Rangers: 78½
The Rangers went 78-94 last season to finish third in the AL West. Texas added veteran hurler Corey Kluber while signing left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez to a two-year, $5.5 million deal. The Rangers also added starters Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles in free agency.
Toronto Blue Jays: 75½
After going 67-95 to finish fourth in the NL East, the Jays added veteran right-hander Tanner Roark on a two-year, $24 million deal, although they lost starter Rick Porcello.
Washington Nationals: 89½
Despite losing the talented Anthony Tendon, the Nationals re-signed World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year deal worth $245 million while also retaining NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick.