Sounds like Bud Selig will try to force some compromise on the A’s and Giants over San Jose

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Bill Shaikin has a story up from over the weekend about the State of the A’s.  The baseball state: good, obviously. The business state: nothing new, but we’re given the added color that some of the playoff tickets now on sale are going for $10.  Ten bucks for the playoffs. Mercy.

Of course at the heart of it all is the whole San Jose Limbo and everything associated with it.  On that, Shaikin offers the following nugget on how Bud Selig may try to resolve the three and a half year impasse:

There are indications Selig might rule by the end of the year. Yet, rather than say yes or no, Selig appears to be considering a ruling that could challenge both the A’s and Giants to fulfill certain criteria.

“I think there will be an effort to be Solomonesque,” said someone who has spoken with Selig but declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue. “This is not a ‘yes or no’ sort of thing.”

Except that if the Giants are unwilling to compromise now, why would they enter into some sort of situation that requires them to “fulfill certain criteria?”  Which is another way of saying “compromise.”

Given the long, rich history of Major League Baseball supporting these antiquated, anti-competitive territorial rights, why on Earth would the Giants not just sit back and wait to sue?  And if you’re baseball or the A’s, why don’t you just force the move and see if the Giants do it?

I’m no advocate for war, but I can’t see how this gets resolved absent some shooting.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.