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What’s the most production you can generate using active players?

Mike Trout spent most of the past decade charting a breathtaking course up the career wins above replacement (WAR) leaderboards, finishing 2019 with the highest total through a position player’s age-27 season (73.4), according to FanGraphs.

The delayed start to the 2020 season is a setback in that climb, but Trout also figures to encounter many other challenges in the coming years, as he ages.

To help appreciate the difficulty in ascending to the top of the list, let’s see what happens if we attempt to stitch together the best possible career from the actual top seasons of active MLB position players. The rules here are relatively simple. For each age (using seasonal age, as of July 1), we will look for the hitters with the most productive season by WAR.

There is one twist, however. To make this exercise a bit more of a challenge and create more variety, each player can be selected only once. In other words, we’ll have to play the Trout card carefully. (That being said, we’ll also note the No. 1 option for each age).

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