We're but toenail-deep into the 2013 season, so let's cast forward and rank players according to how they figure to stack up this year in terms of overall value. In other words, we're concerned only with 2013. How a particular player projects outward to 2014, 2015 or even 2020 isn't a concern. We're all about the season before us and only the season before us.
Is this a ranking of MVP/Cy Young candidates? Nope. I have no use for alternative definitions that suggest the phrase "most valuable" means anything other than "best." So the operative word is "best."
You're not going to find Albert Pujols' name on here. Why? Because, while he still figures to perform at a high level this season, his elite days appear to be behind him.
This is about 2013 and 2013 only.
You're also not going to see Bryce Harper's name on here. Why? Because, while he authored one of the most impressive age-adjusted seasons in baseball history last year, the guess here is that it's another season or two before Harper becomes a true top-tier producer. Again, 2013 and 2013 only.
And now let us rank ...