Buster Olney writes that if you were picking the best pitcher in baseball right now -- not based on track record or anything other than current ability -- it'd be hard to pass up Justin Verlander. But other arms would have a say in the debate.
Buster Olney writes that the AL MVP vote proved voters consider playing for a winning team to be a big part of the "most valuable" argument. Matt Kemp may not be able to overcome this in the NL MVP voting. Plus, the latest MLB hot stove news.
Many teams would see good young players struggle and, as is customary in baseball, assume the troubles are part of the growing process and decide to wait it out. But in Texas, good players are waiting in the wings, so struggle on your own time.