The suspense to discover whom we've labeled baseball's best player must be agonizing, but before scrolling through the list, allow us a few bullet points and scatter graphs to explain the methodology that led to the selection of . . .
OK, fine. It's Mike Trout.
But the rest of the list isn't so clear cut. Three other outfielders can lay claim to the second-best player in baseball, and all of them are MVPs.
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Do we go Mookie Betts, the former Red Sox Gold Glover and 30-30 star? Or how about Cody Bellinger, Betts' Dodgers teammate, another Gold Glover with 50-homer potential? Then there's Brewers standout Christian Yelich, yet another Gold Glover, who's also a two-time defending batting champ.
Decisions, decisions. Lower on this list you'll find the two highest-rated players on the Red Sox in shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers, two exceptional building blocks for a team in transition. But what this list won't include are three pitchers guaranteed not to play in 2020 because of Tommy John surgery — Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, Luis Severino of the Yankees, and of course Chris Sale of the Red Sox.