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Angels Star Mike Trout Even Money To Repeat As AL MVP

Angels Star Mike Trout Even Money To Repeat As AL MVP
Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the best player in baseball so who else would be the heavy favorite as AL MVP for the 2015 season?

There’s really little argument that Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, still just 23 years old, is the best all-around player in the major leagues. Trout’s first three seasons have been among the best in MLB history and he won his first AL MVP award in 2014 after finishing second behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera the previous two years. Bovada oddsmakers expect a repeat in 2015 with Trout listed as the even-money favorite.

Trout Not Even In Prime Yet

Last year, Trout was the unanimous MVP despite really not having as good of a season as his first two. He was the fifth-youngest winner of the award and the youngest to win in a unanimous vote. Trout tops in the AL with 111 RBIs this season and batted .287 with a career-high 36 home runs. He led the league in both runs scored (115) and total bases (338). He is the first AL MVP to win by unanimous vote since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997.  Trout also led all position players in wins above replacement this season at 7.9, which was the lowest WAR in the standout outfielder’s three-year career.

Trout is the second player in MLB history to finish second in consecutive seasons and then win the award in the third season, joining Mickey Mantle, who finished runner-up in 1960 and 1961 and then won in 1962.

Trout was also honored with his third straight Silver Slugger award and was also named the MVP of the 2014 All-Star Game. The Angels, who lost to Kansas City in the AL Division Series, finished 98-64 this season. Trout joined Vladimir Guerrero (2004) and Don Baylor (1979) as the only players in franchise history to be named MVP.

Bovada gives Trout 2015 totals of a .309 average, 32.5 homers, 101.5 RBIs, 115.5 runs, 180.5 hits and 25.5 steals. He is 14/1 to win the  major-league home run title.

Abreu Had One Of Best-Ever Rookie Seasons

The White Sox’s Jose Abreu is the 4/1 second favorite after being named the unanimous AL Rookie of the Year in 2014. Abreu led all rookies in home runs (36), RBIs (107), hits (176), doubles (35), runs scored (80), OBP (.383), slugging percentage (.581) and OPS (.964). Since the Rookie of the Year Award was first given out in 1947, only four rookies have batted at least .300, hit at least 30 home runs and driven in at least 100 runs, and all have earned the honor. Abreu also became the first rookie in MLB history to finish in the top five in all three Triple Crown categories.

Seattle’s Robinson Cano (7/1), Detroit’s Cabrera (8/1), who is battling back from offseason surgery, new Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (16/1) and Indians outfielder Michael Brantley (16/1) round out the favorites. What do they all have in common other than being All-Stars off good 2014 seasons? They all play for likely contenders.

The Bovada long shots are Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (33/1), who is already battling injuries, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (50/1), who has won everything but an AL MVP award, and the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez. Wouldn’t that be a story if A-Rod won after his year-long suspension?

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