There’s a story in the San Francisco Chronicle about how backers of keeping the A’s in Oakland — including the mayor and some business leaders — are touting a waterfront site in Oakland as a potential home for a new A’s ballpark. They talk it up big. There are pretty pictures of what a waterfront park may look like. A’s owner Lew Wolff says it’s not happening, however.
Some great context about why it may not be happening — and if it is happening, won’t be for many, many years — can be read abut over at Newballpark.org. They detail how regulatory matters such as the site’s designation for port usage make this way more difficult than simply putting together some pretty artist’s renderings and holding press conferences and rallies.
Say, how about Montreal?
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.