Wins Above Replacement will determine baseball's most valuable players in 2013 by taking all their contributions and weaknesses into consideration. Before the season is too far gone, let's predict whether or not anybody can topple 2012 WAR leader Mike Trout.
The statistic uses typical replacement-level players—bench guys or those available in the minors—as a base line for comparison.
Last year, five individuals finished in Baseball-Reference.com's top 10 for the first time in their careers. Likewise, the following list includes Bryce Harper, Matt Harvey, Clayton Kershaw and Justin Upton, none of whom has ever been among the very best.
WAR certainly isn't the only thing that matters, but it has gradually become a major factor when selecting the sport's award winners.