MLB MVP Odds: Who Are The Favorites In The NL And AL?

The MLB regular season is coming to a close and the AL MVP race is pretty much over. Despite his 2023 season ending early due to injury, Shohei Ohtani is close to a lock to win the American League prize. Ronald Acuna Jr. (-600) remains the heavy favorite in the NL MVP race while Mookie Betts (+300) is still a contender. MLB MVP odds are available to view and bet on below.

Compare live MLB MVP odds for the American League and National League below.

MLB MVP odds

The MLB MVP odds for 2023 are up from top sportsbooks. Compare the 2023 AL MVP odds and NL MVP odds below.

AL MVP odds

Shohei Ohtani, Angels (-10000)

With his Angels out of playoff contention, Ohtani has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to an elbow injury that will most likely require surgery. The two-way phenom finished the season with 44 home runs (tops in the AL) and 95 RBIs. As a pitcher, Ohtani went 10-5 record, with 3.14 ERA, and 1.06 WHIP.

NL MVP odds

Ronald Acuna (-600)

The dynamic outfielder is the first player in MLB history with 30 homers and 60 steals in a season. Acuna carries a .333/.417/.586 slash line that makes him the clear odds-on favorite. His contributions have helped the Braves lock up the NL East with two-plus weeks to go in the regular season.

Mookie Betts, Dodgers (+300)

Betts’ 2023 numbers would easily put them atop the MVP heap in most years were it not for Acuna’s otherworldly accomplishments. The veteran outfielder’s slash line is .308/.409/.596. Betts also has 39 homers and 103 RBI – eclipsing the century mark in that category for the third time in his career. Yet, as outstanding as his overall statistical profile is, Acuna’s, with the help of his stellar stolen-base haul, is that much better. 

American League MVP odds

We will examine how AL MVP odds change throughout the course of the season. Below you will see how AL MVP odds for top players have shifted from March 23 (one week before opening day) to July 25 when most sportsbooks stopped offering AL MVP market.

PlayerAL MVP Odds – March 23AL MVP Odds – May 30AL MVP Odds – June 30AL MVP Odds – July 25
Shohei Ohtani+190-130-1200-1100
Mike Trout+450+1500+6000+30000
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.+1200+2000+5500+9000
Aaron Judge+500+700+6000+20000
Adley Rutschman+2500+3000+5000+7000
Wander Franco+2500+2500+4000+3500
Yordan Alvarez+1100+2200+7000+15000
Matt Chapman+10000+5000+8000OTB
Julio Rodriguez+700+10000+10000+30000
Jose Ramirez+1500+6000+6500+10000
Rafael Devers+2000+3500+8000+10000
Randy Arozarena+15000+3000+4500+3500
Bo Bichette+3500+3500+6000+4500
Kyle Tucker+2500+5000+7000+3000
Jarred Kelenic +30000+10000+15000OTB
Byron Buxton+3000+10000+10000OTB
Jeremy Pena+5000+10000+10000OTB
Carlos Correa+3500+10000+10000OTB
Corey Seager+2000+10000+3000+2000
George Springer+4000+10000+10000OTB
Marcus Semien+4000+4000+5000+5000
Alex Bregman+4000+10000+10000+20000
Luis Robert+4000+10000+10000+4000
Jose Altuve+5000+10000+10000OTB
Bobby Witt Jr.+5000+12000+20000OTB
Giancarlo Stanton+6000+15000+15000OTB
Jose Abreu +6000+20000+20000OTB
Tim Anderson+5000+20000+20000OTB

National League MVP odds

We will examine how NL MVP odds change throughout the course of the season. Below you will see how NL MVP odds for top players have shifted from March 23 (one week before opening day) to September 19.

PlayerNL MVP odds – March 23NL MVP odds – May 30NL MVP Odds – June 30NL MVP Odds – July 25 NL MVP Odds – September 19
Ronald Acuna Jr. +850+100-200-550-600
Pete Alonso+1500+1100+650OTB
Mookie Betts +850+2000+2500+1100+300
Fernando Tatis Jr. +1000+2200+3000+10000
Juan Soto+550+1600+3500+6000
Matt Olson+2500+3500+5000+8000+9000
Max Muncy+10000+3000+10000OTB
Freddie Freeman+1400+1000+650+700+11000
Austin Riley+1600+4500+10000+15000
Manny Machado +1500+4500+15000+20000
Trea Turner +900+7500+10000OTB
Bryce Harper+3500+2000+10000+10000+20000
Xander Bogarts +3500+7500+10000+20000
Paul Goldschmidt +1400+2500+5000+20000
Francisco Lindor+2500+7500+10000OTB
Nolan Arenado+1400+7500+10000+15000
Cody Bellinger +15000+10000+15000+10000+20000
Will Smith+10000+5000+10000+10000
Sean Murphy+15000+3000+5000+10000
Bryan Reynolds +12500+10000+15000OTB
Kyle Schwarber+2500+10000+15000OTB
Jazz Chisholm Jr.+4000+15000+15000OTB
Ozzie Albies+5000+7500+10000+20000
Dansby Swanson+5000+15000+15000OTB
JT Realmuto +10000+10000+15000+15000
Seiya Suzuki+7000+15000+15000OTB
Michael Harris+4000+15000+10000OTB
Sandy Alcantara+7000+20000+20000OTB
Brandon Crawford+8000+20000+20000OTB
Rhys Hoskins+8000
Oneil Cruz+5000

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Where can I bet on the MLB MVP Award?

AL MVP at DraftKings

All legal sportsbooks in the US offer a wide-array of MLB futures bets, including DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and Caesars Sportsbook. These can be found under the primary MLB/Baseball tab at all online books. Select “MVP odds” under the drop-down menu or tab for MLB Futures and Player Futures or Awards.

Once the MVP award odds have been selected, a list of all available betting options will display the players your book of choice deems to have a chance at winning the MVP in their respective league. At the beginning of the season, all available options will be offered at plus-money, usually ranging from as low as Shohei Ohtahni’s +200.

The available options will be updated throughout the season. Surprising risers will be added to the available options once they’ve emerged as a viable candidate, while injured or struggling players may be dropped altogether.

If you live in a state without legal wagering, there are free-to-play social betting sites to wager on the MLB MVP socially, like these CA betting apps.

How the MVP award is decided

The MVP of both leagues is voted on each year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of American. The group is made up of baseball writers for daily newspapers, magazines and qualifying websites. Two writers from each MLB city are put forth by their local chapter chairman and must be approved by the national secretary-treasurer.

Writers are only allowed to vote for the league in which their city’s team plays. MVP ballots include 10 spots and must be submitted prior to the start of the postseason. Votes are counted via a point system based on which spot players are listed on a ballot. A first-place vote is worth 14 points, while second through 10th spots on the ballot are worth 9 through 1 points in the corresponding descending order.

There are several factors that may sway each writer’s choices. Generally, the award goes to the player with the top statistical accomplishments. Others base their votes, at least toward the bottom of their ballot, on the true meaning of “most valuable” as in which players did the most to improve or help their team’s performance.

Unfortunately, local biases can’t be fully eliminated based on the current voting system. Occasionally, writers may give extra credit to a less-deserving player from the team they cover daily.

MVP betting history: recent winners

There was no denying Aaron Judge his first AL MVP award in 2022. Judge led not only the American League, but the entire MLB in HR (62), R (133), RBI (131), OBP (.425), and SLG (.686), and WAR (11.4). In the National League, Paul Goldschmidt surprisingly won the award by a clear margin despite ranking third overall in WAR (7.1) and finishing behind his teammate Nolan Arenado (7.3).

Bryce Harper captured his second career NL MVP award as he ripped the cover off the ball down the stretch of the 2021 season. Overall, Harper belted 35 home runs, drove in 84 runs and had a BA of .309. Over in the AL, Angels slugger and pitcher Shohei Ohtani had one of the more memorable seasons in recent baseball history. The Japanese sensation was the first player in MLB history to smash at least 30 home runs and make at least 10 pitching appearances in the same season.

The 60-game 2020 MLB season saw Chicago White Sox 1B Jose Abreu named AL MVP and Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman take home the NL honors. Both were long shots to win the award; Abreu had 2020 pre-season odds of +6000 at William Hill and Freeman was +2500 at BetMGM prior to the start of the shortened campaign.

YearAL WinnerOddsNL WinnerOdds
2022Aaron Judge (NYY)+1800Paul Goldschmidt (STL)+4500
2021Shohei Ohtani (LAA)+1500Bryce Harper (PHL)+1700
2020Jose Abreu (CHW)+6000Freddie Freeman (ATL)+2500
2019Mike Trout (LAA)+125Cody Bellinger (LAD)+3000
2018Mookie Betts (BOS)+2500Christian Yelich (MIL)+15000
2017Jose Altuve (HOU)+1200Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)+4500
2016Mike Trout (LAA)+160Kris Bryant (CHC)+1000
2015Josh Donaldson (TOR)+1600Bryce Harper (WAS)+2000
2014Mike Trout (LAA)+500Clayton Kershaw (LAD)+2000
2013Miguel Cabrera (DET)+700Andrew McCutchen (PIT)+1500
2012Miguel Cabrera (DET)+900Buster Posey (SFG)+2500
2011Justin Verlander (DET)+7500Ryan Braun (MIL)+800
2010Josh Hamilton (TEX)+1000Joey Votto (CIN)+5000