It's not often that a retiring player receives MVP consideration. It's also not often that a designated hitter receives MVP consideration -- David Ortiz's final season was just that good. Here's the 2016 American League MVP ballot:

5. 2B Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

Cano kept Seattle in the playoff hunt for as long as he could, mashing 30 home runs for the second time in his career and crossing the 250 home run threshold for his career despite playing in pitcher-friendly Safeco Field. He also made his seventh All-Star team.

4. DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

Much has been written about how Ortiz has had the best retirement season in baseball history.

He received ovations at every stadium he visited for being one of the game's great sluggers, as well as one of its best ambassadors. He led all of baseball with 48 doubles and tied with Edwin Encarnacion for the American League RBI title.

3. 2B Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

In 2014, Altuve became the first member of the Astros to win an American League batting title. In 2016, he became the second as well. He hit .338 and slugged 24 home runs while also stealing 30 bases -- his all-around game is one of the best in baseball and he's only 26-years-old.

2. OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Trout deserves to win this award as he already has once before. He made his fifth straight All-Star Game and led all of baseball in Wins Above Replacement.

Unfortunately, Trout played on an abysmal team that never contended for a playoff spot, seriously hampering his ability to win an award designed for the "Most Valuable Player," not necessarily the best.

1. OF Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

The 23-year-old burst onto the scene this year, winning a Player of the Month award and being named an All-Star for the first time.

Betts was second in Wins Above Replacement, but he achieved his value with the most at bats in baseball by a sizable margin. He was near the top of the American League leaderboard in stats across the board, including hits, doubles, steals, and home runs.

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