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.
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is headed to the Padres, according to announcements from both teams on Sunday. The Padres will also receive the 74th overall draft pick and cash considerations from the Twins, who are getting minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos in return. Minnesota is expected to absorb $7.5 million of Hughes’ $22 million contract; per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, they’ll take on his remaining salary for the 2018 season and pay an additional $5.7 million in 2019.
Hughes, 31, is far from the 16-win, sub-4.00 ERA hurler the Twins enjoyed in 2014. He hasn’t pitched more than 60 innings in any season since 2015, due in part to multiple bouts of back stiffness and shoulder surgeries. He was designated for assignment last week after missing significant time with a left oblique strain and delivering a 6.75 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through his first 12 innings of 2018.
Villalobos, meanwhile, will provide the Twins with some depth as he continues to work his way through the minor league system. The 21-year-old backstop recently completed a circuit with the Padres’ rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League, slashing .275/.367/.388 with eight extra bases and a .755 OPS in 98 PA.
The real get for the Padres isn’t Hughes (even with much of his salary already accounted for), but the Competitive Balance B selection in next week’s amateur draft. As MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell points out, the club lost their second-round pick after inking Eric Hosmer to a massive eight-year, $144 million deal back in February.