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The Cuban sensation burst onto the scene last year, batting .443 in his first 27 games in the majors. Unfortunately for Puig, MLB pitchers figured him out, and the Dodgers right fielder finished at .319 on the season.
Despite the drop off, the potential that Puig showed upon his arrival means he must at least be considered as a threat to win the MVP Award in 2014.
Voters are also now aware of Puig's value to his team. He sparked the Dodgers' playoff run as they went 66-38 in games in which Puig played, 26-32 without him.
It might not be likely, but would you really be all that surprised if Yasiel Puig made an MVP run in 2014? Me neither.
Four relief pitchers in MLB history have won the MVP Award, and the last time it was done in the National League was in 1950.
That means the odds are against Kimbrel. Yet, the Braves closer is undoubtedly the best in the business right now. He has led the NL in saves for three consecutive years, and his ERA of 1.21 last year was a downgrade from his minuscule 1.01 total in 2012.
Kimbrel also finished 11th in voting for the MVP Award last year, which came after he finished eighth in 2012. He will need to post a sub-one ERA and challenge (or even break) the all-time saves record to even be considered for the award, but playing for the likely NL East-champion Braves only helps his chances.
Even so, it will take a miracle for Kimbrel to win the MVP Award.
The 2012 NL MVP had a tough year in 2013 with his offensive numbers falling across the board.
Looking ahead to 2014, however, Posey has a couple of advantages over some other candidates. His position as a catcher gives him extra value as his responsibility for handling the pitching staff means he controls much more of his team's fate than any other position player.
Also, the Giants' pitching staff was a disaster in 2013. You can bet that if they rebound in 2014, a strong possibility with the addition of Tim Hudson and the loss of Barry Zito, Posey will get a great deal of credit.
Don't forget, Posey is also still a fantastic hitter. He is prone to going on hot streaks at any time, as his second-half performance in 2012 indicated. If Posey can rebound offensively in 2014 and help the Giants contend for the NL West, he must be considered for the MVP Award.