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Over the next week, Buster Olney will be ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. He starts with the top 10 lineups. As one executive noted to Olney, "When you start looking at the projected lineups for 2014, there are not many dominant lineups. Most clubs have a couple of spots that have young players, or players returning from injuries. So almost all have a couple of questions." Click here to see Olney's top 10 Insider and submit your own ballot by clicking on the images below.

Baseball's top 10 lineups

A's

A's

Pictured: Yoenis Cespedes

Angels

Angels

Pictured: Mike Trout

Cardinals

Cardinals

Pictured: Allen Craig

Indians

Indians

Pictured: Nick Swisher

Rangers

Rangers

Pictured: Prince Fielder

Red Sox

Red Sox

Pictured: David Ortiz

Rockies

Rockies

Pictured: Carlos Gonzalez

Royals

Royals

Pictured: Alex Gordon

Tigers

Tigers

Pictured: Miguel Cabrera

Yankees

Yankees

Pictured: Jacoby Ellsbury

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For the second straight year, traditional numbers beat out advanced metrics on the American League Most Valuable Player ballot, with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera receiving the award over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. The scrape played out differently in the National League, where the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen -- he of better modern numbers (but also more team wins) -- beat Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Do you agree with the picks?


AL MVP?

Miguel Cabrera posted dazzling traditional numbers (.348 avg., 44 HRs, 137 RBIs) on a winner, while Mike Trout offered a better WAR.

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What do you make of Miguel Cabrera winning AL MVP?

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    82%
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    18%

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NL MVP?

Andrew McCutchen won the WAR with Paul Goldschmidt, but didn't slug as well (the latter had a 36-21 edge in homers and 125-84 in RBIs).

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What do you make of Andrew McCutchen winning NL MVP?

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    74%
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    26%

Discuss (Total votes: 52,533)


Who's No. 1?

Could a 22-year-old really be the premier player in the sport? Or is one of the MVPs better?

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Who is the best player in baseball?

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    53%
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    8%
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    8%
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    17%
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    14%

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Josh Hamilton's struggles

Josh Hamilton was supposed to anchor the Angels' lineup for years to come, but it hasn't quite worked out that way. Jayson Stark's article on Hamilton's struggles puts the outfielder's decline into perspective: Hamilton's OBP is below .300, his slugging percentage barely hovers around .400, and he still has four years left on his $25 million deal. This obviously wasn't what the Angels expected when they signed him eight months ago, but can he rebound?

  • What do you make of Josh Hamilton's struggles with the Angels?

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      34%
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      66%

    Discuss (Total votes: 27,375)

  • How surprised are you at Josh Hamilton's struggles with the Angels?

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      23%
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      44%
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      33%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,892)

  • Which signing will turn out to be worse for the Angels?

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      42%
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      58%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,622)

  • Will the Angels ever be World Series contenders while Josh Hamilton is on the roster?

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      36%
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      64%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,488)

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Albert Pujols out for the season

Albert Pujols will miss the remainder of the season as a result of an injury to his left foot. Pujols had already been out since July 26, but even before his stint on the DL, he was having a down year. Pujols' decline has been gradual, but this year was his first with fewer than 30 home runs and a sub-.800 OPS. Will he come back strong in 2014, or will the Angels be stuck with many more years of declining production?

  • How many more seasons does Albert Pujols have left as an elite player?

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      50%
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      16%
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      21%
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      13%

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  • Will the Angels ever be World Series contenders with Albert Pujols?

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      35%
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      65%

    Discuss (Total votes: 5,653)

  • Was the Albert Pujols signing a mistake for the Angels?

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      88%
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      12%

    Discuss (Total votes: 5,359)

  • How many home runs will Albert Pujols (492) hit in his career?

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      48%
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      38%
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      11%
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      3%

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Angels' Mike Trout hits for cycle

At 21 years, 288 days old, Mike Trout became the youngest player in AL history to hit for the cycle on Tuesday, nearly making it a natural cycle, by going single, triple, double, home run. After winning the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year and finishing second in the AL MVP voting, Trout is proving in 2013 that he is no one-year wonder.

  • The record for cycles in a career is three. Mike Trout hit his first Tuesday night at age 21. Will he hit more than three in his career?

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      63%
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      37%

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  • How many MVP awards will Mike Trout win in his career?

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      6%
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      21%
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      47%
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      26%

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  • Mike Trout is projected to finish the season batting .293, with 32 HR, 122 RBI, 112 R, 32 SB. How will his final stats compare?

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      35%
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      49%
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      16%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,233)

  • Which player has a better chance to win AL MVP this year?

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      77%
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      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,451)

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