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 released veteran infielder/outfielder Jose Bautista on Sunday, per a team announcement. Right-hander Lucas Sims was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move.
Bautista, 37, was recruited by the Braves in mid-April as a potential third base option. He inked a minor league deal with the club and lasted just 12 games in the majors, during which he batted a meager .143/.250/.343 with three extra-base hits and a .593 OPS across 40 plate appearances. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the big leagues — he collected 40 home runs, a .250 average and 5.3 fWAR with the Blue Jays in 2015 — his power has been noticeably declining over the last three years, and it’s clear the Braves don’t have enough time or opportunity to wait for him to get his groove back.
Without Bautista, Johan Camargo is expected to handle the hot corner on a daily basis. The 24-year-old infielder is working through his sophomore season at the major league level and entered Sunday’s game batting .226/.368/.403 with six extra bases and a .772 OPS in 76 PA. General manager Alex Anthopoulos acknowledged that top infield prospect Austin Riley could also get a shot at playing third base sometime in 2018, though the club has no current plans to promote him from Triple-A at the moment.