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AL MVP Award Odds Tracker & Top Contenders To Watch

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AL MVP Award Odds Tracker & Top Contenders To Watch

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The American League Most Valuable Player award has a long line of legends among its honorees – but no one has won it more times during the 21st Century than Mike Trout. It was first awarded in 1931, and the first three recipients were Lefty Grove, Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth. Trout has won it three times and is the only active player with more than 2 MVP awards on his resume.

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge bashed his way to the 2022 AL MVP award with a league-record 62 bombs for the Bombers. Judge was the favorite in MLB futures markets to win MVP honors at top sportsbooks and betting apps from the All-Star break onward. The Yankees won 101 games and 28 of the 30 MVP voters rose in Judge's favor over one of Trout’s Angels teammates, Shohei Ohtani. A two-way sensation, Ohtani was the unanimous pick when he won the award in 2021, earning all 30 first-place votes.

AL MVP Odds

At the start of the 2023 MLB season, Ohtani stands as a clear favorite at +200, with Judge (+500) and Trout (+650) in range. As was the case with Trout in 2021, injuries will have a major effect in this market. But aside from that, it will be hard for anyone to dislodge these three favorites before the All-Star Break, barring an historic start.

Player PositionTeam Odds
Shohei Ohtani P/DH Angels +200
Aaron Judge OF Yankees +500
Mike TroutOF Angels +650
Julio Rodriguez OF Mariners +800
Yordan Alvarez DH/OF Astros +1100
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.1B Blue Jays +1200

Odds via BetMGM and current as of publication (visit our BetMGM Sportsbook review).

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Top AL MVP Contenders

Shohei Ohtani, Angels

Odds: +200 at BetMGM

Ohtani is a victim of his own success when it comes to MLB betting. But his cache and worldwide stardom doesn't hurt. Ohtani has the potential to be a Cy Young Award contender while hitting 30+ home runs and driving in 120+ runs. Sharing the same uniform with Trout is going to hurt both players in this market, however. You can bet Ohtani and Trout against the rest of the AL field to win MVP honors at +115 at BetMGM Sportsbook or -150 for the field.

A standout season by both could easily split the vote and open the door for Judge or someone else. Still, this is Ohtani's award to lose.


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Aaron Judge, Yankees

Odds: +500 at BetMGM

Never mind the MVP award, Judge won the biggest prize of all this offseason when he and the Yankees agreed to a nine-year, $360 million deal. The question in the Bronx is: "What will he do for an encore?"

The success of the Yankees proved to be the difference for voters last year when deciding between Judge and Ohtani. And that remains the issue when considering Ohtani or his teammate Trout. If the Angels can contend this year, Judge might have to hit 63 home runs to win it.

Mike Trout, Angels

Odds: +650 at BetMGM

Mike Trout is headed for Cooperstown. But since 2018, he's never finished higher than third-place or played in anything close to a meaningful game after the All-Star Break. The biggest concern with Trout is his durability. Since 2021, he's only played in 155 games. Injuries large and small have kept him from his full potential. If the Angels can content, it will be fascinating to see what Trout can do during meaningful games in September.

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AL MVP FAQs

Who Won the AL MVP in 2021?

All Rise! Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge personified the Bronx Bombers moniker with an American League-record 62 home runs in 2022 to beat Shohei Ohtani. Judge received 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes. He was the favorite to win it from the All-Star break onward.

Who Has Won The Most MVP Awards?

Six players have won three AL MVP Awards: Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Alex Rodriguez and Mike Trout. Only one player has won more than three in either league. Barry Bonds won seven NL MVPs. Trout is the only active player with more than two.

Who Is The AL MVP Favorite?

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani is the favorite to win the 2023 AL MVP award. He is currently a strong favorite at +200 at BetMGM. A $100 wager on Ohtani would return $200, plus the original $100 wagered, if he were to win it.

Who Votes For AL MVP?

Thirty members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, one representing each team, vote for their top 10 in each league. Knowing who is voting is a key element when determining how to wager in this market. Many writers tend to skew toward traditional roles.

When Is the AL MVP Award Announced?

The AL MVP is awarded roughly two weeks after the World Series ends. In 2022, the AL and NL MVP awards were announced on Nov. 17 during a live show on MLB Network. A similar schedule is planned in 2023.

About the Author

Bill Speros for Bookies.com
Bill Speros
Bill Speros is an award-winning journalist and editor whose career includes stops at USA Today Sports Network / Golfweek, Cox Media, ESPN, Orlando Sentinel and Denver Post.