Early-Season Award Rankings
1. 3B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2. 1B Albert Pujols, Angels
3. RF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
4. 3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
5. 2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
Who else but Miguel Cabrera after he won the Triple Crown last season? He may not duplicate his historic 2012 season, but he should continue to be the most dynamic hitter in the game.
Albert Pujols stumbled out of the gate last season, but he turned things around by batting .305 with 16 HR and 54 RBI in the second half. He should be more comfortable in his second season with the Angels, and a .300-BA, 30-HR, 100-RBI season seems very likely.
Adrian Beltre and Robinson Cano will once again lead their respective offenses and should put up MVP-caliber numbers once again. It could come down to how their teams perform, as each appears to have taken a step back heading into the year.
Jose Bautista is the wild card here, as he'll lead the Blue Jays' new-look offense. He managed a 27-HR, 65-RBI season in just 332 at-bats last year.
Noticeably absent from this list is Mike Trout. While I fully expect him to be a superstar in the league, I also expect him to come back down to Earth during his sophomore campaign.