Depends how you interpret valuable. If you're just looking purely at the value of a player, I'd agree with you.
How else would you look at the value of one player?
If you're also looking at his value to his team, then that's not always the case.
Same thing. The value of the player is his value to the team.
If the Angels miss the playoffs, they would have done it with or without Trout. If the Tigers make it, I guarantee you they wouldn't have if Cabrera wasn't there. And vice versa if the Angels make it and the Tigers don't.
So we agree that both players are great. And we also agree that if their teams miss the playoffs it will be the fault of the other players on the team, not Trout's or Cabrera's because they could not have played better.
Which is why I think it's a very easy decision if only one of those teams makes the playoffs.
If neither the Angels or Tigers make it, Trout or Cabby will still win. But if two guys are close, playoffs are a legitimate tiebreaker
The tiebreaker on an individual award is the quality of the player's teammates? That makes no ******* sense. But it doesn't even matter because Trout and Cabrera are not tied. Trout's season demolishes Cabrera's.