Voting by BBWAA members was completed by the start of the playoffs. Bryant was arguably the best offensive player on the best team in the game and showed exceptional defensive versatility by playing in both the infield and the outfield.
The Angels superstar on Thursday won his second American League MVP, which was something of a surprise because voters have traditionally leaned toward players on contenders.
Trout, 25, turned in one of the all-time great seasons in 2016, leading the AL in runs (123), walks (116) and on-base percentage.
Bryant contributed considerably more than one of the league's most potent bats to the Cubs' major league-best 103-58 record, which paved the way for their first World Series championship since 1908. First baseman Anthony Rizzo and right fielder Jason Heyward each won a Gold Glove, and Rizzo finished fourth in the MVP balloting. That makes Trout the first MVP from a losing team since Alex Rodriguez won in 2003 for the Texas Rangers. "Kris is just an impressive young man in every aspect, " Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said.
The accomplishment is just the latest in his short career which includes winning the Golden Spikes Award (2013), Minor League Player of the Year (2014), NL Rookie of the Year (2015), two All-Star Game appearances and a World Series title. "He texted me, and I said the same thing to him - I said, 'If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have been able to do this'". He also became the first Cubs player to capture the honor since Sammy Sosa in 1998.
Bryant spent most of his time at third base, and he is the first third baseman to win the award since Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones did it in 1999.
Bryant was the unanimous NL Rookie of the Year after he hit.275 with 26 homers and 99 RBIs last season. He's the 11th player in franchise history to win the award.