Jul 29, 2014; The addition of Jon Lester inspired online sports book Bovada to drop the Oakland Athletics' odds at winning the World Series to 4/1. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics World Series odds boosted after trade deadline

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The Oakland Athletics weren’t considered a serious World Series contender in April by the online sports book Bovada, which gave the A’s 20/1 odds on April 8.

By the All-Star break, those odds were 5/1. Today, in the wake of Thursday’s deal to acquire All-Star left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, they are now 4/1 favorites to win the whole thing.

Oakland wasn’t the only club to see its odds improve after the deadline. The Detroit Tigers, after adding left-hander David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays, jumped from 6/1 at the All-Star break to 5/1 today.

The only contender whose odds got worse according to Bovada resides in the American League East.

The Baltimore Orioles dipped to 16/1, down from 14/1 at the break.

Baltimore added an arm to the bullpen, picking up left-hander Andrew Miller from the Red Sox.

The news is not so cheery for slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who had a setback last week in his return from a strained right quad.

The entire list of odds includes:

  • 4/1—Oakland Athletics
  • 5/1—Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 10/1—Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals
  • 11/1—St. Louis Cardinals
  • 12/1—San Francisco Giants
  • 14/1—Toronto Blue Jays
  • 16/1—Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers
  • 18/1—Atlanta Braves
  • 25/1—New York Yankees
  • 28/1—Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 33/1—Seattle Mariners
  • 50/1—Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays
  • 66/1—Cleveland Indians
  • 100/1—Boston Red Sox
  • 150/1—Miami Marlins
  • 200/1—Chicago White Sox, New York Mets
  • 1000/1—Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres
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