MLB Trade Speculation: Could Jose Reyes Help the Chicago White Sox?

Joe WatsonCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JULY 24:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets slides safely into third base during a game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on July 24, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Jose Reyes might be the biggest prize at this year's trade deadline. Many believe he will remain with the Mets. Some believe he might head to San Francisco or to Boston

Why not the Chicago White Sox?

The White Sox have been looking for another bat to help their lineup. Adam Dunn and Alex Rios have been struggling while Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin have put the offense on their backs.

Add Jose Reyes to the top of the lineup. Reyes is hitting .352 with 16 triples, 31 stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .394. Paul Konerko would have a new guy to drive in and it would take pressure off of Adam Dunn and Alex Rios.

So where do you put Reyes defensively when Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham make up the best defensive middle infield in all of baseball? Reyes could play at second or shortstop; he's had experience at both positions. Ramirez and Beckham can play second, short or third. They're very versatile infielders. Perhaps teach Reyes third base, to keep the double play combination in order. Whatever the decision, it looks like Ozzie Guillen could figure it out.

Can the White Sox afford to take on Reyes' contract for now and the future? Probably not, unless GM Kenny Williams moved some other pieces around to free up some cash. However, let's not forget the White Sox are "all in" this year. Maybe Reyes' contract is worth the chance of making a run at a playoff spot.

Currently, the White Sox (49-51) sit 4.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. The Sox have a three-game series with the Tigers starting on Monday. Depending how the series goes, the Sox might be willing to make a big splash to keep their playoff hopes alive. Jose Reyes could be that piece the White Sox need.