Dave Roberts has 8/1 odds to win National League Manager of the Year, per BetOnline, the same as Don Mattingly of the Marlins and Jayce Tingler of the Padres. The preseason favorite is Braves manager Brian Snitker, who has 7/1 odds.
Roberts won the NL Manager of the Year in 2016, finished second in 2017, and has finished in the top six in voting in all five seasons at the helm in Los Angeles.
Other Dodgers bets, through Odds Checker, include Mookie Betts at 8/1 to lead the majors in runs scored, something he did in both 2018 and 2019, and Walker Buehler at 10/1 odds to win the NL Cy Young Award. Cody Bellinger has 18/1 odds to lead the majors in home runs.
Links & news
- Dustin May on Friday talked with reporters. From Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, May said, “My main goal is just making the club on Opening Day. ... Hopefully, I’m doing enough as we go on forward to be able to do that. But that’s out of my control — whatever role it is.”
- Los Angeles entered the red tier of California’s COVID-19 guidelines, which means Dodger Stadium will be cleared to hold 20-percent capacity. Bill Shaikin at the Los Angeles Times has more.
- The Dodgers agreed to terms on contracts for everyone on the 40-man roster with less than three years of service time. That’s 19 players in all, including Will Smith, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, Edwin Ríos, and more. The exact salaries for everyone isn’t yet known, but they will be somewhat close to the major league minimum, which is $570,500 in 2021.
- Andrew Toles is still on the restricted list, but should he play this season, his contract is also set. Per Ronald Blum at Associated Press, Toles’ major league salary is $583,500, and in the minors it’s $93,000, and more importantly he retains MLB health insurance. Bill Plunkett at the Orange County Register adds, “Officials with the Dodgers and the union would not comment on Toles’ situation. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman would say only that nothing had changed in Toles’ status.” Hat tip to Chad Moriyama at Dodgers Digest for noticing this.
- Rob Arthur at Baseball Prospectus thinks the new baseball might push MLB further into the three true outcomes.