The problem for Jones is that in order to produce optimum results, the veteran feels a need to get consistent at-bats. If the White Sox work out a deal for Manny Ramirez in the next three days, though, Jones won't be getting many at-bats in September, let alone worrying about next year.
That potential playing time change won't sway Jones' positive feelings about the organization presenting a chance to prove himself all over again this year.
"Hopefully, I can be here because we have good chemistry going," Jones told MLB.com. "You know, I would love to play more [this season], but I knew when I signed my contract here, I know what my role was going to be.
"I accepted it. I would like to be here again and be a part of the Chicago White Sox. Hopefully, we can finish strong and make the playoffs and get on a streak."
Jones reached base five times in Saturday's 12-9 loss to the Yankees, including his 18th home run, earning him another start Sunday afternoon, where he finished 1-for-4. His final 2010 numbers should end up slightly better than his .214 average, 17 home runs and 43 RBIs with Texas last year, but Jones has made a larger contribution with the White Sox.
His April offense helped the team survive early, and Jones clearly has shown how his defense has not fallen off in any of the three outfield spots.
"Last year, I didn't get a chance to be on the field. I didn't even play center field, the position I always play," Jones said. "Everybody knows me as playing defense.
"There were a couple of big years I had, where I hit 40 or 50 home runs, and everybody was like, 'He's a home run hitter.' The main thing I do is being consistent throughout my career. I'm usually around .250 or .260, with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. That's what I wanted to do. As injuries fall in and I'm not getting a chance to play consistently, the numbers drop.
"Everybody says he's getting old or he's losing it," said the 33-year-old Jones. "There are things you have to work on and try to get yourself more consistent. Hopefully when you get the opportunity to play, you can get back on that roll. But I'm looking for another five years, and if I play consistently, I should be where I want to be."