Second baseRobinson Cano, Yankees: Cano, 29, finished last season sixth in MVP voting, his second straight top-10 finish, after hitting .302 with 28 homers and 118 runs batted in. He has more natural power than Pedroia.
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: Pedroia set career-highs in home runs (21), RBIs (91) stolen bases (26) and on-base percentage (.387) in 2011. The 28-year-old was ninth in the MVP balloting and won his second Gold Glove. Pedroia is considered the better fielder of the two players.