MLB Awards Watch: Baseball's early MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year favorites

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We're already a quarter of the way through the 2021 MLB season, so it's time to take stock of how this year's major awards races are shaping up.

While it's far too early to tell who will take home baseball's MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year hardware so far, the names who will be at the heart of this year's conversation are starting to take shape.

We asked ESPN MLB experts Bradford Doolittle and David Schoenfield to break down where the awards battles stand right now using Doolittle's AXE formula and their own takes on the top candidates.