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NL MVP Award Odds Tracker & Top Contenders To Watch

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The National League Most Valuable Player Award has been given annually to the best player on the Senior Circuit since 1931. Outfielders have won six of the last 10 NL MVPs, with two first basemen, a pitcher, and third baseman rounding out the recent honorees.

After multiple close calls in the voting, St. Louis 1B Paul Goldschmidt won the NL MVP in 2022 despite being as high as +5000 prior to the season. He earned 22 of 30 first-place votes. Manny Machado finished a distant second. Goldschmidt, 35, was the first member of the Cardinals to win the award since Albert Pujols in 2008 and '09. Goldschmidt dominated at the plate, leading the NL in OPS (.981) and slugging (.578). He smashed 35 HR, drove in 115 runs and hit .317 in his 17th MLB season.

Will Goldschmidt repeat in 2023? Will Juan Soto win it as the preseason favorite? Can Mookie Betts of the Dodgers join Hall of Fame great Frank Robinson as the only player to win MVP in both leagues?

With the 2023 season getting underway, here's a look at where things stand in the NL MVP race:


PlayerPositionTeam Odds
Juan SotoOFPadres +550
Mookie Betts OFDodgers +900
Fernando Tatis Jr. OF/SSPadres +1000
Paul Goldschmidt 1BCardinals +1000
Ronald Acuna Jr 2BBraves +1000
Manny Machado 3BPadres +1200
Trea Turner SSPhillies +1200

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Top NL MVP Contenders

Juan Soto, Padres

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Odds: +550 at BetMGM

Juan Soto joined the Padres last season. Despite a mild oblique muscle strain suffered on March 20, Soto tore up pitchers in both spring training and the World Baseball Classic. The Padres lineup is loaded and includes Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado backing up Soto.

He has an edge over his Padres teammates in this market in part because of his higher spot in the batting order and his ability to get on base. With the bigger bases and fewer pick-off moves allowed to first base, Soto and his teammates will be driving opposing pitchers nuts all season.

Look for Soto's MLB futures odds to win the MVP award at many sports betting sites to soften a bit if he struggles early because of the fierce competition in this market.

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Mookie Betts, Dodgers

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Odds: +900 at BetMGM

Betts has been among the MLB odds favorites in this market since he first joined the Dodgers in 2020. Betts won the AL MVP award with Boston in 2018.

LA lost both Trea and Justin Turner, plus Cody Bellinger, this offseason. Betts will have to carry more of the offensive load. His former Red Sox teammate J.D. Martinez joins Betts as the Dodgers' first-ever full-time DH. Betts can drive the ball anywhere and will benefit from the end of the shift and the game's push toward more balls in play. Betts' price is solid here given how quickly it will tighten with any sort of a strong start.

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Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals

Odds: +1000 at BetMGM

Fernando Tatis, Jr., Padres

Odds: +1000 at BetMGM

Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves

Odds: +1000 at BetMGM

These three candidates all sit at +1000 at the start of the season. But they're far from equal options. Goldschmidt is up to repeat as NL MVP, always an attraction for voters. Tatis is coming off a PED suspension. That usually means a "no" with the stuffy Baseball Writers' Association of America membership. Acuna is in position to be a leader on a team - the Braves - that has won the NL East five times in a row and could well make it a sixth. Of the three, we like Acuna if he stays healthy. He has the potential for some monster numbers.

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Who Won the NL MVP in 2022?

St. Louis 1B Paul Goldschmidt won the National League MVP award in 2022 after being as high as +5000 before the season. It was his first win. He got 22 of 30 first-place votes and eight second-place votes for 380 points.

Who Has Won The Most MVP Awards?

Barry Bonds won a whopping seven NL MVPs, including four in a row from 2001-2004. Nobody else has won more than three. Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt and Albert Pujols won three apiece. Pujols won his MVPs for the Cardinals, as well.

Who Is The NL MVP Favorite?

Outfielder Juan Soto of the San Diego Padres is the betting favorite to win the NL MVP award at +550. A $100 bet on Soto would net you $550 over your original stake if he were to win at this price.

Who Votes For The NL MVP?

Thirty members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, one representing each team, vote for their top 10 in each league. The votes are counted using a weighted system with 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 points for a second-place vote, and so on.

When Is the NL MVP Award Announced?

The NL MVP is awarded roughly two weeks after the World Series ends. Last year, Pujols made the call to Goldschmidt during the MLB awards show that aired live on MLB Network on Nov. 17. The AL MVP is awarded at the same time.

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.