Report: the Royals are considering Jose Reyes to play second base

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This is interesting: ESPN’s Alex Cora — not normally one to break news, but apparently hearing things today — says that the Royals are tossing around the idea of signing Jose Reyes to play second base.

Reyes was just DFA’d by the Rockies and, once he clears waivers, which he certainly will, he will be a low-priced free agent. The Royals, meanwhile, just DFA’d their second baseman, Omar Infante, and are using stopgap measures at the keystone. As far as that goes it would at least be something worth thinking about to bring in Reyes. His shortstop skills would likely make a him an above average second baseman. Offensively speaking, Reyes hit .303/.425/.485 over 40 plate appearances on his nine-game minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Albuquerque.

If Kansas City wants to take a chance on a guy who has missed all but those rehab games this season due to a domestic violence suspension, it would be a low-risk proposition financially in that, if he’s not any good, they’re not out any real money. It might be a high risk move, however, in terms of the P.R. hit they might get for signing a domestic abuser. We’re in new territory now. Will the Royals be the first to explore it?