After three years of telling the A’s to hold tight, a special committee is looking into their desired move to San Jose, Bud Selig almost seemed to punt today when asked about the matter:
At the owners meeting Thursday in New York, Commissioner Bud Selig opened the door for the A’s to leave the Bay Area if they can’t resolve their territorial dispute with the Giants.
Selig said it’s up to A’s owner Lew Wolff to consider sites for a new stadium, even if that means giving up on San Jose and leaving the area completely.
Asked whether the A’s would consider other relocation possibilities, Selig responded: “You’d have to ask Lew Wolff. That’s really his decision to make.”
Selig added “they could be all over the world” if they wanted and that it just “depends where they want to be.”
Which takes a lot of chutzpah given that it’s abundantly clear where they want to be, it has been for some time and the league damn well knows it. If they cant’ go to San Jose, say so, Bud. Or at least admit that the past three years have been a giant stalling technique.
The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.
The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.
Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.
Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.