Lew Wolff is buying land in San Jose

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Major League Baseball has not approved the Athletics’ desired move to San Jose yet, and the voters of San Jose have not approved of whatever small portions of a stadium project that would be required, but A’s owner Lew Wolff is on the verge of buying $24 million worth of real estate in San Jose that will one day — maybe — be part of the Athletics’ new home.

I love the quote from the mayor of San Jose about why, in the absence of these approvals, Wolff is doing this:

“It’s so that Lew can go to the commissioner of baseball and say, ‘I control the dirt.'”

Given their territorial claim, I presume the Giants beg to differ on all of that. But I suppose it’s something.