Re: AL mvp....
Offensively Cabrera and Trout are a wash. You might have a preference for one or the other, but they're awfully close no matter which way you lean. Normally I lean toward the guy with the most well-rounded game. Trout's a superhuman CF with unbelievable wheels. Cabrera can't match that. I thought Carlos Beltran got absolutely robbed back in 2006 when the voters overlooked his defensive and baserunning superiority in favor of Ryan Howard's HR and RBI totals.
Yet there is one major mitigating factor for Cabrera. He shifted left on the defensive spectrum, allowing the Tigers to bring in Prince Fielder's bat. Detroit was awful at 3B last year. It got a .617 OPS and negative WAR from the position. Cabrera versatility, and he's been a serviceable 3B, allowed the Tigers to eliminate the biggest hole in their lineup and add an impact bat (.940 OPS and 4.4 WAR). Great as Trout is (and he is spectacular), Cabrera's 3B shift, IMO, tips the value scale in his favor and has played a bigger role in his team's success than Trout's defense has in his.
I also agree with those who suspect voters might lean toward Cabrera on a career achievement basis (call it the Paul Newman "Color of Money" Theory). I thought Cabrera deserved the award last season. He's becoming a bit of a modern Eddie Murray. Mind you, it's not a good reason to vote for the guy, but I can see it pulling some votes his way.
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Last edited by M2; 10-02-2012 at 03:27 PM.