I will assume everyone understands what MVP means, and go straight into the explanation of WAR.
It stands for “Wins Above Replacement,” and it calculates how many more wins a player has earned his team than a replacement level player would have. It factors in offense, defense and base running and is becoming more widely accepted as a great way to measure the value of players.
Here is the current MVP ballot if WAR was the primary way of handing out the award. I should warn you now; there are quite a few surprises.