6 Dark-Horse Candidates for AL MVP

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6 Dark-Horse Candidates for AL MVP
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2013 could be the year Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie breaks out.

Last season, perennial MVP favorite and Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera captured the Triple Crown title and, with it, the AL MVP—but don’t expect this year’s winner to necessarily be another big name.

While the usual suspects like Cabrera, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout will be among the favorites to win the award, don’t count out a dark-horse candidate from winning the AL MVP.

Whether it is someone like Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie, who is poised for a breakout year, or a player returning from an injury-shortened 2012 campaign like Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, there are plenty of under-the-radar candidates for the 2013 AL MVP. 

All stats via ESPN.

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