The 2013 MLB season is officially in the books as the Red Sox won the World Series on Wednesday night. That leaves a long offseason ahead of free agency, trades and retirements.
But before all that shakes out, and it becomes better to predict the 2014 season, why not look ahead with an early prognosis? Vegas has their odds for the next World Series winner out already, and the Nats are considered a frontrunner.
The Nats, in fact, are expected to have just as good a shot or better than both Boston and St. Louis, this year's participants.
Both Bovada and others in Vegas list the Dodgers (7/1) and Tigers (9/1) as the first and second most likely World Series winners. The Nationals then place third.
In Bovada's odds, the Nationals are tied with the Red Sox, Cardinals at 10/1. And at Pregame.com, the Nats are alone in third at 8/1 with the Cardinals (10/1) and Red Sox (12/1) right behind them.
Just being acknowledged as a contender reaffirms the fact the Nats are still among the most talented teams in the majors. Just because they slipped up this season by winning just 86 games, doesn't mean they can't be right back in the mix this time next year.
Of course, Vegas isn't always right though. If it were up to betting odds, the Toronto Blue Jays would have hoisted the World Series trophy last night and the Nationals would have watched them celebrate. Neither team even made the playoffs.