The American League had two deserving MVP candidates this season, but Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is the one walking away with the hardware.
Donaldson lead the AL in runs, RBI and total bases as the most dangerous hitter on an offence that scored 127 more runs than any other team in MLB. He also exceeded 40 home runs for the first time in his career, posting a .297/.371/.568 line in the process.
Not only did he deliver with the bat, he also excelled defensively ranking third among AL third baseman in both UZR (+9.8) and Defensive Runs Saved (11) and producing a slew of memorable highlight-reel plays such as his dive into the Tropicana Field stands to preserve a perfect game bid from Marco Estrada.
The 29-year-old had placed fourth and eighth in MVP voting the last two years before breaking through in 2015. He was acquired by the Blue Jays prior to the season in a deal that sent Brett Lawrie, Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin to the Oakland Athletics.
Donaldson is arbitration-eligible for the second time this off-season and is projected to make $12 million by MLB Trade Rumors.
Four other Blue Jays players also received MVP consideration with Jose Bautista, David Price, Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin finishing eighth, ninth, 12th, and 27th in voting respectively.
Nick Ashbourne Sportsnet