Top 10 Early Candidates to Win the 2014 AL MVP

Top 10 Early Candidates to Win the 2014 AL MVP

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Through the first couple of weeks of the season, a few players are already jumping out ahead of the others offensively. Last season the big explosion of Chris Davis out of the gate was the surprising thing of the early season and it almost won him the AL MVP. Davis is not in the running early this year but don't count him or anyone else out. Which of these early MVP front-runners are a surprise to you? One of them could win the award.

10 – Josh Hamilton – Los Angeles Angels

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10 – Josh Hamilton – Los Angeles Angels

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What a great story this could be. Already Hamilton has 2 home runs, 6 RBI and 7 runs scored. That looks good but couple it with a .444 batting average so far and you have a very impressive start. Here's hoping the slugger keeps it up in his bid for a big comeback season.

9 – Torii Hunter – Detroit Tigers

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9 – Torii Hunter – Detroit Tigers

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Before long Hunter is going to have to be called the “Ageless One” or something like that. This year he is one of the leading offensive men for the Tigers with 3 home runs and 7 RBI.

8 – Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays

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8 – Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays

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Few carry a great spring over into a great start to the regular season but Bautista has done it thus far. His .250 batting average, 4 home runs and 6 RBI certainly have him in the early running.

7 – Mike Napoli – Boston Red Sox

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7 – Mike Napoli – Boston Red Sox

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Once again the Red Sox have to love the fact that this is the guy they chose to re-sign during the offseason. It is showing to be a really good move even if the Red Sox aren't playing all that well yet. Give them time and Napoli will be competing for a postseason MVP again this year before we know it.

6 – Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals

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6 – Alex Gordon – Kansas City Royals

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The Royals have really been slow out of the gate about driving in runs but Gordon is actually off to a really good start in the midst of the team's struggle. With a home run to go with 9 RBI, he certainly is one of the bright spots for the Royals' offense early on. That shouldn't surprise anyone.

5 – Brandon Moss – Oakland Athletics

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5 – Brandon Moss – Oakland Athletics

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Moss is certainly one of the surprise names but he could stay in the running if his average stays over .300 and he stays among the league leaders in RBI like he is now with 9.

4 – Justin Smoak – Seattle Mariners

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4 – Justin Smoak – Seattle Mariners

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All the talk about the Mariners trying to buy a winner during the offseason should fall mute when looking at Smoak. He has been one of their promising young players for a while now and this is the season he has chosen to get it going. A .300 average, 2 home runs and 9 RBI sound pretty valuable to me.

3 – Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox

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3 – Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox

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Remember how crazy the White Sox were to pay so much money for an unproven player to take over first base where they already had power hitters slotted to play? Well, a .278 batting average and one home run might not be so unbelievable but a league-leading 11 RBI should get a few up on their feet. Watch out for two awards to possibly have this guy in the higher vote-getters.

2 – Chris Colabello – Minnesota Twins

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2 – Chris Colabello – Minnesota Twins

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The Twins have been better than they were last year from the start and this guy is one of the reasons why without a doubt. He has a .313 batting average to go along with his one home run and 11 RBI.

1 – Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers

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1 – Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers

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Well goodness, look who's at the top. It isn't a joke or anything. He has a .325 batting average, 4 home runs, 5 RBI and 9 runs scored for the Tigers this year. If he keeps going and is at the top of the league in homers and has a high batting average, you can bet he'll win again.

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