Sizing Up World Series Odds For All 30 MLB Teams For The 2016 Season

Pitchers and catchers began reporting for Major League Spring training this week in preparation for another season. It's been a long winter with plenty of baseball news to discuss - including trades, free agent signings, and unfortunately several off the field transgressions - while we not so patiently wait for the boys of summer to get back on the field. The majority of the waiting is finally over, yet we still have another six weeks to go before the opening pitch is thrown out on April 3rd.

I think most people will agree that we long ago reached the point when a training camp six weeks in length became far too long. It's a practice that dates back to the days when pitchers routinely threw 300 plus innings in a season and rested for most of the Winter, so they required a significant amount of time to rebuild their arm strength. However, wenow live in a era of pitch counts where pitchers don't really take much time off at all in the winter before they starting throwing again. By the time spring training arrives, many of them are nearly ready to go. The main purpose of spring training now is to sort out a few position battles, see where prospects stand in their development, pare down the roster to 25 guys for opening day, and get into a few games before the season starts. This could all still be easily accomplished easily if the length of spring training was cut in half.

Nevertheless, this isn't something that's likely to change any time soon. Residents and tourists in Florida and Arizona look forward to spring training every year. It brings money in to both States and the people who are fortunate enough to attend, enjoy getting a close up look of their favourite athletes before they get into serious mode. For the rest of us, we're left to wait, counting down the days until the season begins. In the meantime, rather than just sitting around twiddling our thumbs, now is as good a time as any to take a look at how the 30 teams stack up in terms of a World Series title heading into the 2016 season. This is based on opinion.

30 Colorado Rockies

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

29 Philadelphia Phillies

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

28 San Diego Padres

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

27 Atlanta Braves

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

26 Cincinnati Reds

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

25 Milwaukee Brewers

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

24 Oakland Athletics

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

23 Miami Marlins

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

22 Seattle Mariners

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

21 Tampa Bay Rays

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

20 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

19 Cleveland Indians

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

18 Minnesota Twins

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

17 Chicago White Sox

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

16 Detroit Tigers

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

15 New York Yankees

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

14 St. Louis Cardinals

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

13 Baltimore Orioles

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

12 Arizona Diamondbacks

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

11 Pittsburgh Pirates

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

10 Texas Rangers

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

9 Washington Nationals

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

8 Boston Red Sox

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

7 San Francisco Giants

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

6 Toronto Blue Jays

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

5 Los Angeles Dodgers

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

4 Houston Astros

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

3 New York Mets

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

2 Chicago Cubs

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

1 Kansas City Royals

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The defending champion Royals didn't lose any significant pieces from their roster this offseason, aside from super utility man Ben Zobrist. They replaced a departing Ryan Madson in their bullpen with a returning Joakim Soria and re-signed outfielder Alex Gordon. They lost midseason rental Johnny Cueto, who struggled through his stint with the Royals, to the Giants, but signed Ian Kennedy. Whether they get the productive Ian Kennedy of 2014 or the one who struggled through most of 2015 remains to be seen, but he'll at least eat some innings for a team whose starting rotation has never the primary reason for their success. They're in a tough division and they might not be the World Series favourites, but they've gotten there in back-to-back years and they are the reigning champions, so for now they don't deserve to be anywhere else, but number one.

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Sizing Up World Series Odds For All 30 MLB Teams For The 2016 Season