Oddsmakers tab Aaron Judge, Juan Soto as top two contenders for 2024 MVP crown

Aaron Judge and Juan Soto of the New York Yankees

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FanDuel Sportsbook has unveiled enticing early odds for the 2024 award winners, sparking excitement among Yankees supporters as two familiar faces, Aaron Judge and Juan Soto, lead the American League MVP race.

These power-hitting superstars, each boasting odds of +550 and +600, respectively, tower above their competitors. Corey Seager (+800) and Yordan Alvarez (+900) round out the top four, but the spotlight shines brightly on the dynamic duo from the Bronx.

Yankees Aaron Judge hits his second homer in the game against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Sept. 27, 2023.
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Aaron Judge at No. 1, Juan Soto at No. 2 in MVP race

Aaron Judge, coming off his historic 2022 MVP win and another impressive season (37 home runs in 106 games despite a toe injury), requires no introduction. Juan Soto, on the other hand, brings his left-handed prowess and a Silver Slugger trophy from a dominant 2023 season, where he led the majors in walks and secured sixth place in NL MVP voting.

PlayerOdds
Aaron Judge550
Juan Soto600
Corey Seager800
Yordan Alvarez900
Kyle Tucker15/1
Julio Rodriguez15/1
Bobby Witt Jr.20/1
Gunnar Henderson20/1
Jose Ramirez20/1
Mike Torut20/1

Naturally, MVP aspirations for both players come with a team-based caveat. The Yankees experienced a disappointing 82-80 record in 2023, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2016. This is largely attributed to Aaron Judge’s midseason injury. Enter the off-season acquisitions of Juan Soto, Alex Verdugo, and Marcus Stroman.

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Oddsmakers are optimistic about a resurgence for the Bronx Bombers, setting their preseason win total at 93.5 – the highest in the AL and the third-highest in all of baseball. Reflecting the positive outlook, their World Series and AL Championship odds are +800 and +410, respectively.

This upcoming season promises to be a spectacle, with Aaron Judge and Juan Soto vying for MVP honors amidst a Yankees team hungry for redemption. Will the Bronx Bombers rise to the occasion under the weight of expectations, or will their budding stars fall short? The baseball world awaits eagerly to find out.

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