In the Eye On Baseball Top 10, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10 will always be informed by some angle or another. (Note that the absence of an angle is itself an angle!)
And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Which active players have had the best careers to date?
That is, these are the players who are still playing and who have accrued the most value over the course of their careers. As such, you're not going to see brilliant young phenoms like Mike Trout and Jose Fernandez on here because they haven't built up enough career value. As always, defense and base-running matter for position players. It's not about the bat only.
Notable exclusions? Alex Rodriguez won't be on here because he's not presently on the Yankees' roster. As well, this "went to press" before Bobby Abreu was called up by the Mets. Had he been promoted in time, then, yes, the deliriously underrated Abreu would be on the list to follow. Circumstances as they are, he must console himself with this shout-out.
Who is on the list? Albert Pujols, who's within spitting distance of his 500th home run. Derek Jeter also will make an appearance. On the pitching side, Tim Hudson and CC Sabathia have seats reserved.
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