Trout, Harper lead way on MVP futures at Sportsbooks


( — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has emerged as the +150 favorite on the odds to win the American League MVP award at sportsbooks monitored by in the season ahead, sitting just ahead of reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson.

After earning AL MVP honors in 2014 Trout enjoyed an outstanding campaign again last year, belting a career-high 41 home runs to go along with 90 RBI. However, he was unable to get the Angels into the postseason, as the club finished a game back of the Houston Astros in the race for the second AL Wild Card berth.

Donaldson returns to action sporting +450 odds to win the AL MVP in 2016 following a season in 2015 in which he achieved career highs with 41 home runs, 41 doubles, and 123 RBI.

The Blue Jays third baseman received 23 of a possible 30 first-place votes in AL MVP balloting last year after leading Toronto to its first AL East division title since 1993, including a stunning 43-18 stretch run by the team.

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado finished fourth in AL MVP balloting last season, but closely trails Donaldson on the MVP odds at a strong +550 in third place.

Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers sports +800 odds, ahead of Boston Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts at +900, while Houston Astros shortstop and 2015 AL Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa trails at +1600.

Over in the National League, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has emerged as a clear +200 favorite to repeat as NL MVP at the sportsbooks. Like Donaldson, Harper busted out in 2015, hitting 42 home runs while tallying career highs with 38 doubles and 124 walks.

Harper is chased by Andrew McCutchen and Paul Goldschmidt, both sporting NL MVP odds of +500. McCutchen was once again the model of consistency in 2015, connecting on 36 doubles and knocking in 96 runs while making just two errors patrolling center field for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Goldschmidt finished second to Harper in NL MVP voting in 2015 after hitting .321 and driving in 110 runs for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who enter the 2016 season with much improved 12/1 odds to win the National League Pennant after winning just 79 games last season.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton rounds out the front of the pack in NL MVP betting at +650, followed by Chicago Cubs third baseman and last season’s NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant, who sits at an intriguing +900.