San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed Lures Oakland A’s With Land Deal

OAKLAND (KCBS)— A land deal is pending in San Jose that could lead to a new baseball stadium for the Oakland A’s.

Mayor Chuck Reed told KCBS that the city is “very interested” in selling two important parcels of land to A’s owner Lew Wolf.

“This of course is the property for the prospective baseball stadium site and we’re trying to move the project along by getting Lew Wolf in the title,” Reed said.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

Wolf told the Bay Area News Group that he’s ready to deal, but the problem is that Major League Baseball is still not ready to deal when it comes to discussing the A’s moving to San Jose.

The hold up is the territorial rights to San Jose, currently owned by the Giants.

“It’s been more than a couple of years since the commissioner’s been contemplating whether or not to ask the owners to allow Lew to move to San Jose. Hopefully the owners’ going to allow the commissioner to consider that at their meeting after the season is over,” Reed said.

The mayor said it makes sense for the league to bring a team to San Jose.

“San Jose’s got the highest household median income of any big city in the nation and a great corporate base with Silicon Valley companies.”

In addition, he added that if and when Bud Selig decides to allow the A’s to move south, efforts will increase to acquire the remaining parcels needed to make up the 16-acre stadium sight, just south of HP Pavilion.

Terms of the two parcels up for sale now will be discussed at this Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Mayor Reed said the numbers will be made public on this matter at the end of this month.

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