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Billy Beane wants to move to San Jose, not Chicago

Sep 29, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

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Athletics GM Billy Beane said Thursday that word should come down “very soon” from the commissioner’s office on whether the A’s will be allowed to move to San Jose.

Reports have indicated that the team is in a spending freeze while waiting to hear about the future. If something is worked out that allows the A’s to move from Oakland to San Jose, Beane might have more money to play with when it comes to re-signing free agents like Josh Willingham, Coco Crisp, Hideki Matsui and Rich Harden this winter.

Beane also made it clear today that he’s only thinking about his future with the A’s and not the opening in Chicago with the Cubs.

“I have a little trip planned but I will be here,” he said.

  1. danbeachler - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Actually…

    ” Beane also confirmed what I reported Sunday, that the A’s spending will be tied to the stadium decision, and, as I wrote then, that if the club gets the OK to build a stadium in San Jose, they will look to build a young contending team for that stadium – i.e., concentrating on player development in the interim. A rebuild.

    That means no Josh Willingham, likely no Coco Crisp or any high priced free agents coming in from outside the organization, either, just as Willingham and Crisp’s agents were hearing.”

    http://blog.sfgate.com/athletics/2011/09/29/beane-says-hes-staying-put-says-as-told-stadium-decision-soon/

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

      Thanks. I wanted to link to the article Slusser wrote the other day, but I was struggling to find it.

  2. natstowngreg - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Does Bud know the way to San Jose?

    From all of MLB’s delays on the issue, doubt it. For Bud, “very soon” could be a decade, if he doesn’t want to make a decision.

  3. APBA Guy - Sep 29, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Greg is probably closer predicting the future than Billy “Rosy Scenario” Beane. Just 5 days ago A’s MGP Lew Wolff was on the game broadcast and sounding not the least optimistic on timeframes for some stadium insight from MLB.

  4. dailyrev - Sep 29, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    It would be nice to see that team rebound. That kid Gonzalez has Cy potential, especially if he pitches for a team with some offensive punch. After all the madness last night, I watched him dazzle the M’s (just needed to take a few breaths and calm down by watching the very last innings of the season). Best breaking ball I’ve seen from a starter all season, in the AL anyway.

  5. Old Gator - Sep 29, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Hey! That guy looks a lot like Brad Pitt…..

    • jxegh - Sep 30, 2011 at 2:10 AM

      Yikes! Pitt should have played Howe and Hoffman should have played Beane in the movie

    • purnellmeagrejr - Sep 30, 2011 at 8:01 AM

      Look at the toothy grin, the dopey kind of look and tell me it isn’t Tom Cruise (who probably would have played him not for Jerry Maguire.)

  6. crankyfrankie - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    Why is there a picture of Billy Bob Thorton at the top of this article?

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