2022 Toronto Blue Jays futures following end of MLB lockout

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits a home run against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in New York. The Blue Jays won 6-4. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

For those in Ontario who are Major League Baseball fans and interested in placing bets on the Toronto Blue Jays, or any team for that matter, two excellent things are happening at once.

The lockout that threatened to shorten the season has been resolved, and Canada sports betting expansion is set to be here just in time for Opening Day.

The official ratification of the deal late Thursday reopened MLB for business in terms of trades and free agency. As such, it’s a prudent time to start evaluating odds on some of the many Blue Jays futures wagers that will be accessible to bettors in Ontario just in time for the season.

Below, we’ll detail the end of the MLB dispute and then immediately turn toward MLB odds and specifically, how you can prepare for the upcoming season with Blue Jays futures markets.

MLB Lockout Is Over & A Full Season Awaits

After multiple arduous negotiation sessions which bore striking resemblance to the lengthy games even many hardcore baseball fans want to curtail, MLB and the MLBPA reached a new labor agreement March 10.

The timing of the accord brings the 2022 regular season back from the precipice of a second shortened campaign in three years.

As the addition of more sportsbooks in Ontario takes place, it comes just days before MLB teams begin the 2022 campaign as commercial sportsbooks have the green light to officially initiate operations in the province on April 4.

The hometown Blue Jays take the field on April 7 and by that time, bettors should have access to a massive range of betting markets thanks to some of the biggest sportsbook brands out there for every single game on the MLB schedule.

It also ensures Ontario sports fans will have the opportunity to place wagers on the Blue Jays and all other MLB teams every single day of the 2022 season – Opening Day is now slated for April 7, three days after commercial sportsbooks have the green light to officially initiate operations in the province.

However, even with months to avoid any type of stoppage, the two sides didn’t seem to truly embrace urgency until crunch time. The owners didn’t make their first official proposal until January 13, and February 1 marked the beginning of intensive discussions on core economic issues between the two sides.

The owners announced a one-week delay to the start of spring training on February 8. After marathon negotiation sessions on February 28 and March 1 failed to yield an agreement, the first two regular-season series were cancelled.

However, another round of talks March 6-9 produced a five-year collective bargaining agreement that preserved a 162-game season, albeit with the start date pushed back a week.

In an odd bit of luck, had the 99-day lockout been resolved in time to preserve the original 2022 MLB schedule, Ontario bettors wouldn’t have had access to the multiple commercial sportsbooks that will be operating in their region for the first few days of the season.

2022 Blue Jays Futures Bets

It’s hard to know exactly which sites will be available right away, but Canadians can expect multiple new options in Ontario. By the time baseball season hits its strike, we should expect to see all the big names including BetMGM, FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, BetRivers, and more.

Always shop around for MLB lines, specifically futures, and consider the following markets if you’re looking to bet on the Blue Jays in Canada. *All odds are at the time of writing and are subject to change.*

Blue Jays To Win World Series (+1300 at BetMGM)

The Jays narrowly missed qualifying for the postseason in 2021 despite a solid 91-71 record. Even considering Marcus Semien’s departure, Toronto still boasts a bevy of potent bats that includes Vladimir Guerrero, Bo Bichette, George Springer, and Teoscar Hernandez, while the pitching staff received a notable boost with the signing of veteran Kevin Gausman.

The Jays represent some strong value at this price considering the upside of their bats, which have the potential to allow them to overpower any potential NL opponent if they come out of the AL. The best odds are currently at BetMGM, but do some line shopping before you place your bet.

Blue Jays To Win AL Pennant (+575 at BetMGM)

Toronto is tied for the second-shortest odds in this market with the Yankees behind the defending AL champion Astros. Houston is likely to lose Carlos Correa in free agency but otherwise returns many of its key components, while the Yankees have also remained fairly static roster-wise as spring training approaches.

The Jays have the offensive horses to compete with either club, while their pitching, on paper, stacks up well against either. When you compare sportsbooks, this is another spot for BetMGM, though there are plenty of MLB futures at FanDuel as well.

Blue Jays Over/Under 91.5 Wins (-110 at DraftKings)

Toronto got to 91 wins last season despite George Springer not debuting until June 22 and playing in just 78 games. The Jays will have to find a way to make up for Marcus Semien’s production but even still, this team can get to 92 wins. Currently, the best price is -110 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Toronto certainly needs the continued development of young bats and arms such as Lourdes Gurriel, Alejandro Kirk, and Alek Manoah. Coupled with some health for key veterans and established stars like Vlad Guerrero Jr., we could very well see an improvement over last year’s total.

Aside from DraftKings, BetRivers is a site that currently has MLB win totals ahead of time. Stay tuned for more betting information surrounding Ontario and Canada.