Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, but because he so happens to play for an otherwise lousy team, he is unlikely to win the American League MVP Award. Trout has led the American League in wins above replacement (WAR) in every one of his five big-league seasons, but if and when the 2016 hardware goes to some player with a better surrounding cast — Jose Altuve or Mookie Betts, probably — it will mark the fourth time in Trout’s five-season career in which he has not been named his league’s most valuable player after definitely being that.