MLB award candidates: MVP

The races to crown the American League and National League MVPs both look to be exciting. In the AL, two sluggers are on a torrid pace, with some young guys right behind. In the NL, a number of high-value guys lead a pack of viable candidates.

Just like Big League Stew did with the Cy Young candidates, we'll examine 10 guys who could finish the season with an MVP award. These aren't mid-season awards, more of a look ahead at who we predict will be contenders at year's end. It's July and obviously a lot can still change.

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New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 28: Third basemen Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles cannot make an out on Zoilo Almonte #45 of the New York Yankees (not pictured) in the second inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 28, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

DENVER, CO - JUNE 30: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies runs the bases after hitting a home run during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on June 30, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)