Commissioner Bud Selig is planning to meet with the Giants within two weeks to discuss a potential A’s relocation to San Jose, sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.
The Giants own the territorial rights to San Jose and are very reluctant to give them up, but with the A’s floundering, Selig may be willing to make some favorable concessions and twist a few arms in order to get something done.
Sources told Rosenthal the A’s are “checking off boxes” to ensure that baseball is satisfied with their plan to relocate. Part of that process was to up the capacity for its proposed Cisco Field in San Jose from its original 32,000 seats.
Rosenthal also writes that if the Giants refuse to yield their rights, then MLB may resort to buying the A’s from Lew Wolff, attempt to get a new stadium in Oakland and then resell the team at a later date.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.