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Trout MVP in Jeter's final ASG

Beloved New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter helped the American League to a 5-3 All-Star Game win Tuesday night, going 2-for-2 with a double and a run in his final Midsummer Classic. MVP honors, however, went to the almost-undisputed best player in baseball, Mike Trout; the Los Angeles Angels outfielder went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBIs -- including the game-winner. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, meanwhile, stirred some controversy by saying he intentionally took it easy on Jeter (he later walked back a bit on his comments). Did Jeter get snubbed? Do you have a problem with Wainwright?

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Angels give Trout extension

Does Mike Trout know how good he is? The Angels signed Trout to a six-year extension reportedly worth $144.5 million -- or about $24 million per year. That's no small amount of money, but considering that Miguel Cabrera -- Trout's nemesis in the AL MVP vote the past two seasons -- is getting almost $30 million per year, it looks like a good deal for L.A. The Angels might have a lot of money tied up in the uncertain futures of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but with Trout, they're making a sound investment.

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  • Will the Angels ever win a World Series with Mike Trout?

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How do the top center fielders in Major League Baseball stack up? That question has been answered by our experts in the latest installment of the "Baseball Tonight" 100 (#BBTN100), a project to rank the top players across all 30 teams. We'll reveal a new position each day and unveil the overall 1-100 rankings March 27.

Do you agree with the experts' take on center fielders? Simply click on the images of the top 10 below to submit your ballot.

Rank: #BBTN100 Center Fielders

Michael Bourn

Michael Bourn

Cleveland Indians
BBTN Rank: 9

Coco Crisp

Coco Crisp

Oakland A's
BBTN Rank: 7

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury

New York Yankees
BBTN Rank: 3

Dexter Fowler

Dexter Fowler

Houston Astros
BBTN Rank: 10

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Milwaukee Brewers
BBTN Rank: 4

Austin Jackson

Austin Jackson

Detroit Tigers
BBTN Rank: 8

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Baltimore Orioles
BBTN Rank: 5

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp

Los Angeles Dodgers
BBTN Rank: 6

Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen

Pittsburgh Pirates
BBTN Rank: 2

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

Los Angeles Angels
BBTN Rank: 1

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Mike Trout about to get paid?

In a sense, Mike Trout already got paid -- on Wednesday, he signed a record $1 million pre-arbitration contract with the Los Angeles Angels. But many believe this is a prelude to a much larger deal, one that is expected to land the 22-year-old outfielder $150 million over six years. And it's hard to argue Trout is not worth the money. In his first two full seasons, Trout finished runner-up in the American League MVP voting (and some would say he deserved to win both times). Would the Angels be getting a steal at that rate? Where does Trout rank among MLB's best right now?

What do you make of a deal worth six years and $150 million for Mike Trout?

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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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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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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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