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Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:21 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 10:44 am

A's future in Oakland uncertain

By Dayn Perry

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News raised eyebrows and hackles when he reported over the weekend that the A’s longed-for move from Oakland to San Jose would not happen. It would not happen, Madden reported, because MLB would choose not to violate the Giants’ nebulous territorial rights to the San Jose area. (Yes, there exists a world in which Oakland across the Bay is not an encroachment but San Jose, an hour or so away via the 101, is.)

An MLB source, of course, denies that any decision has been made with regard to the A’s bold step of moving farther away from the Giants, reports Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News. If, however, the smoke leads to fire, then one must ask: What will become of the A’s? Will we once again be subjected to half-serious rumors of contraction? Are the Portland/Las Vegas/San Antonio/Charlotte/New Jersey/Mexico City A’s in our future? Will the status remain quo? BizofBaseball’s Maury Brown, via Twitter, sums it up thus:

“A's: chances of contraction? 0. Chances for San Jose? Dwindling. Chances for Oakland? Low. Chance of sale? Rising.”

At which point, one assumes, the dance will continue.

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Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:26 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 9:40 am

Red Sox stepping up pursuit of Oswalt?

By Dayn Perry

It’s been assumed for some time that the semi-coveted Roy Oswalt would wait until well into the season to sign and thus ape Roger Clemens’s strategy from 2007, when the Yankees paid him $17.4 million to pitch 99 innings from June onward (and bring Suzyn Waldman to the brink of ecstatic madness).

Now, however, the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reports that the Red Sox could “put on a full-court press” for the 34-year-old right-hander. Cafardo reports that the intensity of said full-court press could be influenced by closer Andrew Bailey’s strained lat and whether or not Daniel Bard, who’s slated for rotation duty this season, is forced back into a relief role as a result. Given Bailey’s injury, Bard’s somewhat limited repertoire and the terminal health concerns of Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz, Boston may need Oswalt more than St. Louis and Texas -- the other two teams for whom he’s reportedly willing to play. Hence the urgency. 

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