Triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera has won the American League MVP award.
The highly debated contest was more lopsided than expected. Cabrera was listed first on 22 of 28 ballots. Trout was listed first on the other six.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano finished fourth behind Cabrera, Trout and Adrian Beltre. Cano got six third-place votes and 10 fourth-place votes.
Most significant for the Yankees is Derek Jeter’s seven-place finish. Had Jeter finished one spot higher, his 2014 option would have been $2 million more expensive. But for that incentive to kick in, he had to finish in at least sixth place. Jeter’s 2014 option is already $1.5 million larger because of his Silver Slugger win.
Rafael Soriano finished 20th with an eight-place vote and a ninth-place vote.
Oddly enough, Raul Ibanez got one 10th-place vote.
In the National League, Buster Posey was named the MVP. He got 27 of 32 first-place votes. Mets third baseman David Wright finished sixth, and former Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano got a few low-on-the-ballot votes.