AL MVP Odds for 2023 MLB Season

AL MVP Odds for 2023 MLB Season
Max Gilson
Written by Max Gilson
July 14, 2023

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Off the heels of our 2023 NL MVP selection, we take a look over at the American League, where the options are plentiful. Before we get into the noteworthy players in this field, take a look at the available odds.

Current Odds to Win 2023 AL MVP

Latest Odds from FanDuel SportsBook

Player Odds
Shohei Ohtani -750
Corey Seager +1700
Marcus Semien +3500
Wander Franco +3500
Bo Bichette +3500
Randy Arozarena +3500
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. +7000
José Ramírez +8000
Adley Rutschman +8500
Kyle Tucker +8500
Luis Robert Jr. +10000
Yandy Díaz +10000
Mike Trout +18000
Alex Bregman +20000
Yordan Alvarez +20000

Is Ohtani Worth A Look, Even at Low Odds?

Let’s start with the obvious here. Shohei Ohtani, the 2021 MVP, is creating a Lebron-esque status for himself in major league baseball. During his prime, there was an argument to be made that Lebron James should be the NBA MVP every single year based on both counting stats and advanced metrics.

In terms of WAR (Wins Above Replacement), being just an average hitter and average pitcher would put Shohei Ohtani in the conversation as one of the most impactful players in the league. But, Ohtani’s greatness can perhaps put voters in a conundrum.

If a player is a top-five candidate for a Cy Young award as a pitcher and also hits 30 home runs and drives in almost 100 runs, how can he NOT be the MVP? Considering our other angle in the 2023 NL article, can the voters hold the Angels' lack of success over Ohtani’s head?

They didn’t in 2021, but at what point will Ohtani’s greatness fatigue the market? If Aaron Judge doesn’t break the American League home run record, does he still come home with the award? In my opinion, Ohtani was the MVP despite Judge’s accolade.

The Shohei Ohtani question makes betting into the AL MVP market that much more difficult. Ohtani has a clear advantage over the field, but can you really stomach locking up your money all season for +200? The fact that Ohtani and Mike Trout are on the same team and are both single-digit shots to win the award makes Trout virtually unplayable.

Despite struggling through injuries, Trout should still be considered one of the five best players in baseball. The only issue is that Ohtani’s presence has loomed over him at this point in Trout’s career, and it will be Ohtani that has more impact on a potential run at the playoffs for this Angels squad.

Despite being a former MVP and having the ability to put up another MVP-caliber season, I can’t see Trout as a viable candidate for the award, especially at these numbers. An injury to Ohtani could allow Trout to take the spotlight, but that would likely have too much of an adverse effect on the Angels to allow Trout to win the award.

Other Big Names to Avoid

Ohtani and Trout aren't the only big names we're avoiding in the 2023 AL MVP race. The 3 following players are all world-class hitters, but there isn't much value at their respective odds.

Remember, our strategy when playing MLB futures is to take numbers that we feel won't be available later in the season. So with that, here are 3 more stars to avoid betting on for the AL MVP.

Aaron Judge

It goes without saying that Aaron Judge will not be able to top this past season. Judge is entering his age 31 season, and while he can surely hit 40 home runs again, it will be difficult for him to actually contend for the MVP crown with the margin between him and the other top choices being thinner than it appears on the surface. At single-digit odds, I’m not interested in playing the new Yankees captain.

Julio Rodriguez

Julio Rodriguez burst onto the scene in 2022, finishing fifth in the MVP voting while coming home with the Rookie of the Year award. Rodriguez was one of the top prospects in baseball for a few years, and it’s not surprising to see his success translate to the major league level. That being said, I’m not seeing value at just 10/1 for a second-year player on a team that will be fighting for playoff relevancy in a tricky AL West.

Corey Seager

Seager has gotten some love in the betting community as he is certainly an MVP-caliber player priced up at above 30/1. Seager is a player that I’ve identified that will benefit greatly from MLB’s shift ban in 2023. Seager should see his batting average climb up above .280, and the Rangers have done some work this offseason to bring more balance to the lineup and give Seager some much-needed protection.

That being said, I don’t think the Rangers are quite ready to contend, despite throwing boatloads of money at free agents these past two offseasons. I’d much rather put money into some sort of Rangers future or alternate win total if you think Seager will be able to actually contend for the award. I wouldn’t be surprised if Seager ends up being a shorter shot to win the award come September, but it would be highly correlated to a somewhat surprising success story from the Rangers.

Best Bet: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. +1500

My pick for the 2023 MVP is going to be Vladmir Guerrero Jr. Similar to my Ronald Acuna selection, I’m looking for one of the game's biggest stars to rebound in 2023 and drive their MVP betting number down throughout the season. Guerrero was a strong contender for the award in 2021 but had a somewhat down year in 2022.

I think the Blue Jays are in for a huge year, as I think this is the year they steal the American East crown. Although the Blue Jays traded a lot to acquire Dalton Varsho, his addition to the 2023 lineup gives it a lot of balance and pop from the left side, which the Blue Jays have been missing. Surrounding Guerrero Jr. will still be George Springer, Bo Bichette, and Alejandro Kirk. (Side note: Kirk at over 100/1 is not a bad look at all, and I’ve taken a small bet on him as well).

In 2022 Vladdy put up 32 home runs and 90 RBIs, which, unfortunately, is a far cry from his 2021 season, where he contended for the triple crown. In 2022, we saw a similar Guerrero to his rookie season, where his. ISO (isolated power) was just at .205, and his walk and strikeout rates were at 8.5%/16.5%, respectively.

Vlad’s numbers were still an improvement over his rookie year, but again, a step back from his 2021 season. Many popular projection systems see Guerrero rebounding in 2023, with his walk rate back into the double digits and his batting average back above .290.

Vladdy doesn’t need to hit 48 home runs as he did in 2021. He just needs to maintain his patient approach at the plate and regain his power stroke.

Guerrero’s presence at the center of the Blue Jays lineup should make him a valuable pick at 15/1, and I’d expect this number to come crashing down during the season. Guerrero is just 24 and has been durable during his Major League career.

Another look: The Houston Astros

The Astros lineup is littered with elite hitters and runs into the problem of players being unable to separate themselves from the overall team success. Yordan Alvarez has the hitting ability to do so, but I have concerns over his health as he’s yet to swing a bat this offseason and into spring training.

If Alvarez is still carrying a minor injury at the start of the year he can still contend for the award, but I’m certain you’ll find a number better than 12/1. Kyle Tucker is another popular pick where similar to Corey Seager, his batting average will greatly benefit from the shift ban.

Tucker is just too much of a quiet presence to me and will be outshined by his Astros co-stars. I need a bigger number than the 25 or 30/1s on the market now, despite Tucker having all the talent needed to contend for this award.

Best Bet: Alex Bregman +5000

The player I do land on from this bunch is Alex Bregman. Bregman has been quieter in recent years after, along with Jose Altuve, being seen as one of the ring leaders in the Astros signs stealing scandal.

Bregman has dealt with injury in the past two seasons, finally healthy again in 2022. He put up a pedestrian 2022 campaign where he still finished in the top 20 of MVP voting.

Bregman is not too far removed from two incredible seasons in 2018 and 2019 when he was able to separate himself from his elite Astros teammates. I’ve picked up a piece of 50/1 at FD, as that number stands out as just too high.

Smaller Bet: Alejandro Kirk +15000

We played this mainly because we feel that this number is just far too generous at BetRivers. Kirk made his first All-Star team last year and also picked up a Silver Slugger award. The 24-year-old hit .285 with 14 homers and 63 RBI last season.

Vladdy Jr. gets most of the hype, and understandably so, but folks shouldn't sleep on Kirk. He proved last season that he has plenty of pop in his bat.

Some moderate projections put Kirk at 20 or so homers in 2023. If he can get hot and somehow get over the 30-homer mark, voters would have to give him some serious MVP consideration. We'll recommend a 1/4 unit play on Kirk to take home the AL Most Valuable Player.

April 17th Update

Shohei Ohtani’s AL MVP odds have gotten even shorter after his first 45 plate appearances and three pitching starts to begin the 2023 season. He’s got an OPS above .975, an ERA below 0.50, and leads the American League in pitching WAR for an Angels team that is above .500 (knock on wood) through 12 games. This opening two-week stretch has thinned his MVP odds to +125 at the front of the pack.

Aaron Judge has hit four home runs in 55 plate appearances to begin his defense of the MVP award, narrowing his odds to +1000 behind Ohtani. Mike Trout (+750) has a .436 on-base percentage while leading the AL in walks with 11, and he and Ohtani have three homers apiece.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez has driven in 16 runs and gotten on base in all 12 games he’s played early in the season. As a result, his +2500 odds are also longer than the +1200 number offered in the preseason.

Adley Rutschman, Baltimore’s talented second-year catcher, is mashing through 13 games in 2023. His 1.094 OPS is second in the American League among players with 45+ plate appearances, and the 6.7% home run rate he’s boasting would be among the league leaders over an entire season.

Lastly, one player not listed in the original odds was Toronto’s Matt Chapman. The Blue Jay’s third baseman has racked up eight doubles and 15 RBI from just 52 plate appearances. It wouldn’t be the first time a player has started a season unexpectedly strong, but his performance has gained him a place on the odds list at +3500.

July 14th Update

In the two months since our last update, Shohei Ohtani has separated himself from the pack in the AL MVP race to a point where it’s difficult to see him being caught. The newly minted three-time All-Star leads the American League in offensive WAR (4.0) and is ninth in pitching WAR through nearly 400 plate appearances and 17 pitching starts.

He’s cranked 32 home runs to lead all hitters while holding opposing batters to the lowest batting average in baseball. His odds to win the 2023 AL MVP have ballooned to -800, meaning it's too late if you missed the boat on his number before May. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Ohtani looks destined to win his second MVP award in three years.

Those chasing Ohtani include Texas’ Corey Seager (+1600) and Marcus Semien (+3500), Tampa’s Wander Franco (+3000) and Randy Arozarena (+3000), and Toronto’s Bo Bichette (+4000). Seager is on a torrid pace through his first 60 games, posting 3.5 offensive WAR and a 1.026 OPS.

He’s at least justifying his massive contract through 200+ games as a Ranger. The Tampa duo of Franco and Arozarena have led their team to an AL-best 58-35 mark, with Franco leading the league in defensive WAR (1.9).

As for the best bets we placed on Vlad Jr. and Alex Bregman: The HR Derby champ’s odds have dropped to +7500 after a frustrating first half in Toronto, while Bregman is +10000 after posting a .726 OPS through 90 games.

For those interested in fading Ohtani, there’s now an option to bet the field at +500 if you prefer not to choose any one player to unseat him.

Past Winners of the AL MVP Award

Aaron Judge took home the American League MVP award in 2022 after smacking 62 home runs, which is a new league record. Can the hotshot Yankees slugger win 2 in a row? That remains to be seen.

Here's a list of past AL MVP award winners from 2005 to 2022. Will any of these players take home the coveted hardware this season?

Year Player Team
2022 Aaron Judge New York Yankees
2021 Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels
2020 Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox
2019 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
2018 Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox
2017 Jose Altuve Houston Astros
2016 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
2015 Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays
2014 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
2013 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
2012 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
2011 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers
2010 Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers
2009 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
2008 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
2007 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
2006 Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins
2005 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees


Did you know that the AL MVP award used to be called the Chalmers Award? A wealthy businessman named Hugh Chalmers gave a new car to Ty Cobb and Nap Lajoie after the 1910 season since they had the highest batting averages in the league.

The rest of this FAQ is jam-packed with other interesting facts just like this one. Check them out to further increase your baseball knowledge.

How many players have won the American League MVP award?

A total of 94 players have won the American League MVP (Most Valuable Player) award since its inception in 1931.

Who was the last repeat winner of the AL MVP award?

The last player to win the American League MVP award in consecutive seasons was Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, who won the award in both 2012 and 2013.

What position has won the most AL MVP awards?

Among the positions played in baseball, the outfield has won the most American League MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards, with outfielders winning the award a total of 51 times since its inception in 1931. The next most common position to win the award is first base, with first basemen winning the award 20 times. Second base and third base are tied for the least common positions to win the award, with second basemen and third basemen each winning the award 7 times. Additionally, pitchers have won the award 11 times, while designated hitter has won the award 3 times.

Has anyone ever won the AL MVP in 3 consecutive seasons?

Yes, there is one player who has won the American League MVP (Most Valuable Player) award in three consecutive seasons. That player is Jimmie Foxx, who won the award in 1932, 1933, and 1934 while playing for the Philadelphia Athletics. No player has won the award in four consecutive seasons in the American League.

What team has had the most players to win the AL MVP?

The New York Yankees have had the most players win the American League MVP (Most Valuable Player) award, with a total of 22 awards won by their players. The closest teams to the Yankees in terms of total MVP awards won by their players are the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers, who both have had 8 players win the award while playing for their respective teams.

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