It's pretty early for any player on the Red Sox roster to claim the bid for MVP.
But while many players ride a roller coaster—heat up and cool down and heat back up—throughout the season, a strong start can say a lot about what fans can expect from any given player looking ahead.
In the opening weeks of the 2013 Red Sox season, a few players have begun to make their case, while others will have some ground to make up if they plan to emerge as the No. 1 player in Boston.
What's truly surprising thus far is that the players with the highest batting averages are currently Jose Iglesias (who hit .118 in 2012), Daniel Nava (who's been back-and-forth between the majors and minors) and utility player Pedro Ciriaco.
To put this in perspective, a month ago, none of those three were locks to make the Opening Day roster.
But despite their impressive start to the year, none of them will be the Red Sox MVP. None are full-time players, and though underdogs, none are seasoned enough to truly be seen as Boston's most valuable ball player.
So let's break down some of the more likely MVP candidates based on their 2013 performance, with heavy consideration given to their career performance.