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2017 World Series odds: Red Sox closing in on the Cubs after Chris Sale trade.

The defending World Series champs still have the best odds in 2017 though

Tuesday afternoon, the Red Sox made two trades and one free agent signing, and sent shockwaves throughout baseball by acquiring Chris Sale from the White Sox. Boston sent four prospects to Chicago, including infielder Yoan Moncada. The BoSox also added Tyler Thornburg and Mitch Moreland on Tuesday, making them primary World Series contenders in the eyes of many.

According to SportsLine, the addition of Sale improved Boston's outlook next season considerably, as expected. Their projected win total jumps from 95.0 to 97.9, and their World Series odds improved from 12.6 percent to 15.9 percent. Here's the breakdown:

RED SOX WINS WIN% DIV% PLAYOFFS WORLD SERIES
w/o Sale 95.0 58.6% 43.3% 87.5% 12.6%
w/o Sale 97.9 60.4% 50.5% 91.7% 15.9%
Trade Impact 2.9 1.8% 7.2% 4.2% 3.3%

Adding Sale (and Thornburg and Moreland) also improved the Red Sox's 2017 World Series odds from 9/1 to 11/2, according to Bovada. That means you win $11 for every $2 you bet. Boston is closing the gap on the Cubs, who currently have baseball's best 2017 World Series odds at 15/4.

For as much as some fans and media like to say that only big market teams have a chance to win the World Series, the results on the field in recent years have proven otherwise. Over the past decade, eight different teams have won the World Series, and although the Yankees and Red Sox are among those, so are the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Who will it be this year? Click here for Predictions

Important Dates

Feb. 14, 2017 First Spring Training workouts
March 6-22, 2017 World Baseball Classic
April 2, 2017 Opening Night
April 3, 2017 Opening Day
April 15, 2017 Jackie Robinson Day
May, 14, 2017 Mother's Day events, all host ballparks
May 29 Memorial Day events, all host ballparks
June 3-4, 2017 Play Ball weekend
June 12-14, 2017 2017 MLB Draft
June 18, 2017 Father's Day events, all host ballparks
July 4, 2017 Independence Day events, all host ballparks
July 7-11, 2017 All-Star Week
July 10, 2017 T-Mobile Home Run Derby
July 11, 2017 88th All-Star Game, Marlins Park
July 30, 2017 Hall of Fame inductions
July 13-Aug. 13, 2017 RBI World Series
July 31, 2017 Non-waiver Trade Deadline
Sept. 6, 2017 Roberto Clemente Day
Sept. 11, 2017 September 11 Remembrance
Oct. 3, 2017 Postseason begins
Oct. 19, 2017 Spirit Day
Oct. 24, 2017 World Series begins
Dec. 10-14, 2017 Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla.

2016 World Series Results

Game Date Score Location Time
1 October 25 Chicago Cubs – 0, Cleveland Indians � 6 Progressive Field 3:37
2 October 26 Chicago Cubs � 5, Cleveland Indians � 1 Progressive Field 4:04
3 October 28 Cleveland Indians � 1, Chicago Cubs � 0 Wrigley Field 3:33
4 October 29 Cleveland Indians � 7, Chicago Cubs � 2 Wrigley Field� 3:16
5 October 30 Cleveland Indians – 2, Chicago Cubs � 3 Wrigley Field� 3:27
6 November 1� Chicago Cubs � 9, Cleveland Indians � 3 Progressive Field 3:29
7 November 2� Chicago Cubs � 8, Cleveland Indians � 7 (10)� Progressive Field 4:28

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