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Updated Top 5 Candidates For 2014 AL MVP

MLB: Top 5 Candidates For 2014 AL MVP

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Every season it's a difficult task to take all of the players in the American League and only name one them as the league's most valuable player. This year there are a lot of deserving winners, but these five guys should be considered the leaders for the award.

5. Felix Hernandez

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5. Felix Hernandez

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King Felix doesn't get enough recognition for his dominance on the mound due to the fact that he plays in a small market. A lot of people would argue that you can't give an MVP award to a player who doesn't play every day, but have you had a chance to look at his stats lately? He leads the American league in ERA (1.95), is No. 3 in MLB with 194 strikeouts and he also has 13-3 record. I think those numbers are deserving of some attention.

4. Michael Brantley

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4. Michael Brantley

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Brantley has always been a good player, but no one knew that he was great. He is a poor man's Mike Trout and he fills up the box score every single night. I'm sure a lot of people are surprised to see Brantley on this list, but look at what he has done this year. He is No. 3 in MLB for batting average (.325), and he also has 17 home runs and 78 RBIs. He is the one of the best players in 2014, and he deserves some recognition for his play.

3. Jose Bautista

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3. Jose Bautista

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If the Blue Jays make the playoffs this year, Bautista is the No. 1 reason why. Bautista has a 4.42 WAR which is one of the highest numbers in the league. He has been a steady force in the middle of the team's lineup, and he's really come from nothing to one of the game's best hitters in recent years. In 2012, not a lot of people knew who he was, and now in 2014 he may have a shot at winning the AL MVP.

2. Jose Abreu

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2. Jose Abreu

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Could the White Sox slugger win both the 2014 AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP? He's pretty much a lock for the AL Rookie of the Year, but does he have what it take to win both? In his first year at the major league level, he has proven to be one of the best, if not the best, power hitters in the league. He's tied for the MLB lead in home runs (31) and also tied for No. 1 in RBIs (86). He is more than a worthy candidate for the award.

1. Mike Trout

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1. Mike Trout

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Trout is a five-tool player, meaning he has a three more tools than my predicted runner-up Jose Abreu. He does a little bit of everything, and he does everything really, really well. It's hard not to give the award to a guy who has been at the top of the America League ever since he was called up a few years ago. Want to know something scary? Trout is only 23 years old, so he may have a few more of these trophies on his shelf in the future.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.