Originally posted on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 4/5/13
photo by: Mark Schraeger There is no player more valuable to his team in the American League than Evan Longoria is to the Tampa Bay Rays.  He is the stand alone star player on a team that is mostly filled with solid, but young, and often inexperienced players.  Year after year a revolving door to Tropicana Field sees more exits that entrances, but one thing remains constant, and that is Evan Longoria batting third and playing third base.  If you compare Longoria to any of the other perennial AL MVP candidate, the main difference is that the rest of them have other star players backing them up.  Pujols has Trout and Hamilton, Cabrera has Fielder and Victor Martinez, Cano has had Teixeira and Granderson, you get the picture.  Longoria more often than any of these other candidates puts his team on his back and carries them from the middle of the pack, to division contenders on a consistent basis.  Through his clutch hitting with 2-outs or late in the game, his excellent defensive play,...
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