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Online Sportsbook: Nats Bump Tigers as 2013 World Series Favorites

Dec. 7, 2012

Brian Manzullo

The Detroit Tigers have spent much of the off-season to date as the Las Vegas favorite to win the 2013 World Series.

For the time being, they've lost that distinction to the Washington Nationals, according to Bovada, an online sportsbook.

The Nationals are 8-to-1 favorites, while the Tigers sit second at 17-2. The change comes presumably after a quiet week of MLB winter meetings for the Tigers.

The Nationals, however, picked up starting pitcher Dan Haren in a 1-year, $7-million deal and traded for Twins leadoff hitter Denard Span. They're also still in the running to keep key free agents such as first baseman Adam LaRoche and pitcher Edwin Jackson.

Of course, the Tigers are probably not done making moves after trading for 2B Jeff Kobernus and LHP Kyle Lobstein during the Rule 5 draft but, for now, they remain a bit dormant after signing outfielder Torii Hunter to a 2-year, $26-million deal last month.

After the Tigers, the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays (!) sit at 11-to-1 odds, while the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers are at 12-to-1.

Other AL Central opponents: The Chicago White Sox at 35-to-1, Cleveland Indians at 66-to-1, Kansas City Royals at 75-to-1 and the Minnesota Twins at 75-to-1.

Source: (c)2012 the Detroit Free Press Distributed by MCT Information Services

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