For about a month now Yankees fans have been chanting ‘MVP, MVP’ during most of Curtis Granderson‘s at bats and the few fans that haven’t gotten behind him as the MVP have turned to Robinson Cano as their favorite for the award.
It’s safe to say that if it were up to us that one of these two would win it, but since they are ranked at 6th and 13th respectively among American League hitters in terms of fWAR (CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander both at least tied with C-Grand not counted) we should at least consider some other players.
Jacoby Ellsbury lead the AL with a 9.4 fWAR and Jose Bautista was second at 8.3. Both of them have to get serious consideration. Miguel Cabrera finished second in the league with a 1.033 OPS in a year where offense is down to 1992 levels so he should get serious consideration as well. Then there is Verlander who might become the first pitcher to win the MVP in quite some time.
Three others whom I consider more fringey are Dustin Pedrioa, Ian Kinsler, and Adrian Gonzalez. Alex Gordon and Adrian Beltre are two others who could garner some votes as well. And if we consider Verlander we have to at least put CC into the discussion.
Going back to Verlander for a second, to me he has to be considered as his dominance clearly put the Tigers ahead of the White Sox and Indians in the AL Central, otherwise there might have been a serious divisional race there where there was none.
So who among them is deserving of the award? At first glace it is a tough call. I’ve thought of Granderson as an MVP for so much of this season it is hard to discount him, but Ellsbury’s numbers are unreal, especially considering the bounce back he had from last season. At the same time the two Tigers keep popping back into my head.
I’m going to leave you with some stats and hopefully this will generate some decent discussion as I really have no idea whom I would pick right now. I’m going to have to mull it over a bit. I’d love to have my opinion swayed by a reader though.