Colorado Rockies: Is Nolan Arenado the best player in all of baseball?

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies throws to first in the seventh inning for the second out against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on September 5, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Rockies defeat the San Francisco Giants 6-0. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies throws to first in the seventh inning for the second out against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on September 5, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Rockies defeat the San Francisco Giants 6-0. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 19: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels slides into home for a run in the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 19, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 19: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels slides into home for a run in the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 19, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Defensively, Trout was third among qualifying American League outfielders with a range factor of 2.48. He had a Defensive Wins Above Replacement of 0.9, which was not in the league’s top 10 and he had six Defensive Runs Saved.

However, for Arenado, he had a 2.98 range factor (which led qualifying third basemen) and a Defensive WAR of 2.3. He also had 20 Defensive Runs Saved.

Trout was an All-Star, he won the MVP award, and he was a Silver Slugger Award winner. Arenado was an All-Star, he came in 5th in the NL MVP voting, and he won a Silver Slugger Award, he won a Gold Glove, and he won the 2016 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award

Trout had a WAR 10.5 and Arenado’s was only 6.6.

The numbers are, once again, close in the offensive numbers but Coors Field helps Arenado’s numbers so Trout is the better offensive player. However, if you just consider the production that they have and don’t consider the park played in, you have much more of a dilemma.

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