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So let’s say on March 23, 2004 the Rangers chose Robinson Cano over Joaquin Arias and Rudy Guillen and Bronson Sardinha and Jose Valdez, as was their right to do, and if anything it would have been even more likely in that case that Texas would have committed to Michael Young at shortstop, and though maybe Buck Showalter would have been a little more insistent that Alfonso Soriano move to the outfield I’m going to assume that still wouldn’t have happened here and he still would have been flipped to Washington for Brad Wilkerson and Armando Galarraga and Terrmel Sledge after two seasons at second base, but not so fast because that second Soriano season in Texas (2005) coincided with the 22-year-old Cano’s runner-up Rookie of the Year campaign in New York (while the 20-year-old Arias had his career year professionally — for AA Frisco), and maybe after Cano’s standout 2004 in AA and AAA — assuming he would have done same thing at Frisco and Oklahoma that year that he did at Trenton and Columbus — just maybe Texas would have gone to camp in 2005 with Young and Cano up the middle rather than Young and Soriano, and in that case maybe Soriano would have been traded that winter rather than the next one, and instead of Wilkerson-plus, who knows, maybe the Rangers would have gotten someone like Jose Guillen instead and, hmm, maybe the Wilkerson trade was OK after all, but then again if Texas hadn’t picked up Sledge who would have gone to San Diego along with Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young in Sledge’s place, and if Cano played in Frisco and Oklahoma in 2004, what would have happened with second basemen Jason Bourgeois (AA) and Ramon Nivar (AAA), well, Nivar would have just played 90 percent of his games in the outfield instead of just 60 percent and maybe that would have been a good thing, and speaking of middle infielders-turned-center fielders, if the Yankees lost Cano to Texas rather than Arias, maybe Arias never sees the outfield and never hurts his arm and as a result fulfills his crazy potential as a Yankee, and back in Texas while Cano’s double play partner at AAA would have been aging journeyman Manny Alexander, at AA it would have been shortstop Ian Kinsler, at least until he was traded, which he was that July (with Erik Thompson) for Colorado star slugger Larry Walker, who killed the deal with his no-trade clause, but Kinsler, who hit .402 with power for two months at Low A Clinton that spring and then .300 with power at Frisco, would have surely been traded anyway with Texas knowing that Cano was its next second baseman and maybe the Rangers would have jumped in on Kansas City’s Carlos Beltran trade that June, taking advantage of Kinsler’s ridiculous breakout by packaging him with second-year center fielder Laynce Nix and AA righthander Kameron Loe to get the 27-year-old (whom the Royals ended up trading in a three-team deal with Houston and Oakland, netting them third baseman Mark Teahan, righthander Mike Wood, and catcher John Buck [two future Rangers and one who has always seemed poised to be a Ranger]), and where would this team have been in the mid-’00’s with Cano at second and Beltran in center field, which assumes Texas would have spent the money to extend Beltran past that 2004 summer and keep him from going to the Mets that winter for seven years and $119 million, one helluva huge contract that’s less than half the cash that the Mariners committed to Cano today, and maybe if the Rangers had been better than the very average team they were those next few years, they wouldn’t have decided to tear the thing down and trade Cano’s former teammate (and perhaps Beltran’s future teammate) Mark Teixeira, in which case the Rangers would have never gotten Elvis Andrus or Matt Harrison or Neftali Feliz and nevermindforgetIsaidanything and as long as we have power when I wake up tomorrow I’ll probably write something about J.P. Arencibia and please stop asking me what ever happened to Erik Thompson.

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