Then again, Mike Trout should be looking for his 6th MVP but only has two so maybe Escobar has a shot:
• 2012 he had 3.4 more WAR than Cabrera with equivalent stats while playing a premier defensive position and leading the league in stolen bases. As a rookie.
• 2013 he had 1.7 more WAR than Cabrera with equivalent stats and again, better defense and base running.
• 2015 was closer but he had 0.9 more WAR than Donaldson, played a better position, hit the same number of home runs with more stolen bases. This is probably the closest but I’d still give it to him.
I'd go with Trout "could" be looking for his 6th...not "should" be.When you go down that path, you'd need to re-calibrate the award for a whole bunch of seasons in the award's history.The award is named the most Valuable Player...and, historically, the value has been weighted to creating runs leading to wins in a meaningful season for the club.Never in it's history has the award been considered to be the equivalent ofa 'Best player' or MoP award.Trout is not the first victim or even the best example (see Ted Williams, 1947...then look at Ted Williams 1941 or Ted Williams 1942).Although Trout might end up being the most frequent example before he's done.
If the award was MoP, then we could debate using WAR exclusively to determine the best player