Trying to rank the top 100 players in MLB today is akin to ranking the top movies—so much depends on a list of variables.
In movies, the cast of characters, film genre and subject matter all come into play. In baseball, skill sets, recent performance and career trends factor into the equation.
There simply is no easy formula.
This list will take a look at the rankings provided by MLB Network in a five-part series that aired earlier this year, Top 100 Right Now, with updated rankings based on 2012 performance.
Factors to be considered include each player's statistics over the past few seasons, with emphasis placed on the 2012 season along with career accolades and awards.
Keep in mind that the list is not based solely on last season's performance. While some players on this list may have experienced regression of some sort in 2012, the list will reflect that regression accordingly.