As the 2023 MLB season approaches, fans and analysts alike are already speculating about which players will emerge as the top contenders for the American League MVP award. While it’s impossible to predict exactly who will come out on top, there are several players who are likely to be in the running, including Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels.
Judge has been one of the most dominant players in the league when healthy. He has been named an All-Star three times, won the Rookie of the Year award in 2017, and finished second in the MVP voting that same year. Injuries have limited his playing time over the past few seasons, but if he can stay healthy in 2023, he will no doubt be a strong contender for the award once again. Judge has a rare combination of power and on-base ability, making him a true force at the plate.
Ohtani, on the other hand, is a unique player who can both pitch and hit at an elite level. In 2021, he became the first player in MLB history to be named an All-Star as both a pitcher and a designated hitter. Ohtani’s 2022 season was cut short due to injury, but he still managed to hit .255 with 28 home runs and 73 RBIs in just 90 games. If he can stay healthy and continue to showcase his incredible talent on both sides of the ball, Ohtani could very well be a front-runner for the MVP award in 2023.
One of the top candidates for the award is Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. Trout has already won three AL MVP awards in his career and is widely considered one of the best players in the game. In 2022, he hit .305 with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs, despite missing some time due to injury. If he can stay healthy in 2023, Trout will no doubt be a strong contender for the award once again.
Another player to watch is Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros. Bregman had a breakout season in 2022, hitting .297 with 35 home runs and 112 RBIs. He also finished third in the MVP voting that year. If he can build on his success and lead the Astros to another strong season, Bregman could very well find himself in the MVP conversation once again.
Other potential MVP candidates include Francisco Lindor of the New York Yankees, Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Guardians, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays. Lindor is one of the best all-around players in the game, while Ramirez has been a consistent force at the plate for several years now. Guerrero Jr. had a breakout season in 2022, hitting .319 with 48 home runs and 118 RBIs, and could be poised for even bigger things in 2023.
Of course, there are always surprise contenders who emerge during the course of the season. It’s possible that a player who is not currently on anyone’s radar could put together a stellar season and make a strong case for the MVP award. But if the season started today, Trout, Bregman, Lindor, Ramirez, and Guerrero Jr. would likely be the top contenders for the award. Only time will tell who will come out on top.
Current AL MVP Odds:
(Last updated: May 10th, 2023)
- Shohei Ohtani (LAA) 125
- Mike Trout (LAA) 750
- Aaron Judge (NYY) 1000
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr (TOR) 1600
- Adley Rutschman (BAL) 1800
- Yordan Alvarez (HOU) 2500
- Wander Franco (TB) 3000
- Rafael Devers (BOS) 3200
- Julio Rodriguez (SEA) 3500
- Matt Chapman (TOR) 3500
- Kyle Tucker (HOU) 5000
- Bo Bichette (TOR) 5000
- Brandon Lowe (TB) 6000
- Byron Buxton (MIN) 6500
- Luis Robert Jr (CHW) 6500
- Jose Ramirez (CLE) Jose Altuve (HOU) 8000
- Alex Bregman (HOU) 8000
- Carlos Correa (MIN) Jose Abreu (HOU) 8000
- Randy Arozarena (TB) 8000
- Marcus Semien (TEX) 10000
- Corey Seager (TEX) Bobby Witt Jr (KC) 10000
- George Springer (TOR) 10000
- Ryan Mountcastle (BAL) 10000