The American League MVP award ended up going to Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays. This was announced on November 19. Donaldson hit .297 with 41 home runs and 123 RBIs for the AL East champions, who lost the ALCS to the Kansas City Royals. He is the first Blue Jay to win the MVP award since George Bell in 1987.
Donaldson received 23 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who won last year's award, received the other 7 first-place votes to finish second for the third time in four years.