Jose Reyes Free Agent News: How He Could Become L.A. Angels Shortstop

Luke JohnsonContributor IIINovember 22, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Jose Reyes #7 (R) of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on September 28, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Reds 3-0. Reyes is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Reyes also ended the game with a narrow lead for the National League batting title.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Make no mistake: Jose Reyes wants to be an L.A. Angel and has since July.

But the question is whether or not the Angels want Jose.

If Erick Aybar or Howie Kendrick is lost to arbitration, team management could be staring at a disoriented and broken infield.

Would the Angels then take a look at the speedy base-stealer? If so, could they afford him?

Reyes is currently considering an offer from the Marlins between $70 million and $90 million over six years—an offer that seems outside the Angels' economic parameters due to the Jered Weaver signing.

Though Reyes has been a supreme talent on the basepaths since 2005, averaging 48.3 steals per season, his poor track record health-wise is something the Angels can't afford.

Paying off Vernon Wells' $20 million a year contract is paralyzing enough. Tacking on a six-year deal for a player with an attitude in question and inconsistent health could bury them alive.

Locking up a corner infielder at third was and still is the team's main priority.

Rumors regarding another Met star, David Wright, have been swirling since early November...and they should. But nothing has formalized.

Without a deal...without a sure sign...the Halos grow weary with frustration, hoping to turn their luck in a positive direction.

It will be a waiting game when it comes to the team's immediate future.

Bidding for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols is not out of the question, nor is the idea of moving a host of youngsters for a veteran bat in return.

Whether or not Aybar or Kendrick heads elsewhere will ultimately be the tell-all sign of a hot Orange County hookup with Jose Reyes.