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MLB: 2022 MVP Contenders

With the 2022 regular season drawing towards a close, we look at who is a possible Most Valuable Player in the American and National Leagues.

We look at which players have been hitting the heights and having outstanding seasons, regardless of whether their side makes it into the playoffs or not.

Aaron Judge (AL) 

Aaron Judge will surely win the American League MVP award, he has been in sensational slugging form. The 30-year-old has hit 48 home runs to date with a batting average of .296 with 106 RBI's.

Despite the contract negotiations taking longer than they should have over the course of the season, they don't appear to have distracted him at all.

Judge signed a one-year deal after turning down the Yankees' arbitration offer in the winter, eventually settling for just a single season. Judge will be a free agent in the off-season.

This could be a big blow for New York if Judge decides to leave, especially after a stellar season like this so far.

This is Judges' best season of his career after signing the one-year $19million deal. The Yankees are hopeful of signing him to an extension.

Judge turned down a seven-year, $213.5million contract before the 2022 season began, deciding to bet himself in free agency at the end of the season.

Judge reiterated his desire to remain with the Yankees last month, saying: "The money, the contract has never been why I play this game. I want to play for the Yankees and be here for a long time. If it works out, it works out, but if it doesn't, it doesn't. It's out of my hands, I can't really control that stuff."

You feel an even bigger offer from the Yankees ownership isn't far away.

Shohei Ohtani (AL)

Last Year's American League MVP is having another superb season with the Los Angeles Angels, despite the 'Halos' having a poor year collectively. The Two-way superstar is pitching really well with a 2.83 ERA and a 34 percent strikeout rate.

Not only has his pitching been good, but his batting has been as well with a .863 OPS with 27 home runs. This puts him firmly in the race for the voting collective.

Jose Ramirez (AL)

Cleveland Guardians' third baseman is hitting .284 with 25 home runs after hitting two on Wednesday night against the San Diego Padres.

Ramirez is second only to Judge in the AL RBI's with 104. He has finished in the top three of the MVP voting three times in his career. It's unlikely, but could he be fourth time lucky?

Paul Goldschmidt (NL)

Paul Goldschmidt has been in outstanding form this year for the St.Louis Cardinals. The 34-year-old is on course for the National League Triple Crown.

Goldschmidt is leading the NL in batting average, .339. He is second in home runs (33) and first in RBI's with 105. Should this rare event take place, then Goldschmidt would be the first player in 85 years to accomplish it.

Goldschmidt has a substantial lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers' first baseman Freddie Freeman and is slightly behind the Philadelphia Phillies' slugger Kyle Schwarber in home runs.

Austin Riley (NL)

August was a good month not only for the Atlanta  Braves and their pursuit of the New York Mets but their signing of their third baseman to an extended contract worth $212million over 10-years was a significant bit of business.

Riley himself hasn't had a great month with the bat, however he has a .905 OPS with 31 home runs. The 25-year-old hit 33 homers last season and finished in seventh place in the 2021 voting. Surely he’s going to be higher this season?

Nolan Arenado (NL)

Nolan Arenado would surely be the number one candidate to win his first NL MVP award had it not been for his teammate Paul Goldschmidt.

Arenado is hitting .300 with 26 home runs and some brilliance at third base. The 31-year-old has nine Gold Glove Awards in nine MLB seasons.

It would be a surprise if Arenado took the crown over Riley and more surprisingly Goldschmidt, but you never know with the voting and the form running into the final month of the regular season.

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