Cano probably won't win the award - almost every prediction has narrowed the list of potential winners to two, rookie Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers - but Cano's recognition among the top five is a nice reward for a great season. Cano has been among the top 10 vote-getters each of the past three seasons, finishing third in 2010 and sixth in 2011, and arguably improved this past year: his .313 batting average is the second-best of his career, and his 33 home runs were a career-high. Cano had the second-most wins above replacement of any position player in the league, behind Trout. Despite his phenomenal season, Cano performed poorly in the postseason, only registering three base-hits in 40 at-bats.
If Cano were to win, it would be the 23rd time a Yankee would receive the award and first since Alex Rodriguez in 2007. Besides Cano, Trout, and Cabrera, Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton earned nominations.