26 days until pitchers and catchers report to Tampa, and the start of Mission 27, Part IX. The Diamondbacks, Angels, Marlins, Red Sox (twice), White Sox, Cardinals and Phillies have all won it all since the Yanks became stuck on today's number. But according to Las Vegas...
The Yankees will win the 2009 World Series, so say the oddsmakers. In Vegas, wagering on baseball futures is no way to bet. But it's always interesting to follow trends, and the Yankees have shot up the charts since their third-place finish.
When we arrived in Las Vegas for the winter meetings, the Yankees - who opened at the Bellagio at 8-1 to win the '09 World Series - were at 6-1. And then they started writing checks.
After CC Sabathia signed, the Yankees went to 9-2, with only the Cubs and Red Sox at lower odds. After A.J. Burnett signed, the Yankees moved to 7-2. And after Mark Teixeira signed, the Yankees took over the top spot, at 5-2 to win the World Series.
So, since late October, the Yankees have passed the Red Sox, Cubs, Angels and Dodgers up the odds board in Las Vegas. In the desert, the Yanks' $423.5 million new investment has masked Posada's shoulder rehab, the back-of-the-rotation questions, and the hole in center field.
Plus, the Rays and Sox are still pretty good at last check. If you're in Vegas, wager at your own risk.