Phil Matier: A’s To Stay In Oakland For A While

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OAKLAND (KCBS) – With the Oakland A’s headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2006, a possible move to the South Bay has been put on the back burner.

In fact, the A’s may be staying in Oakland for the next few years.

The team and the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority, which runs their ballpark, are negotiating a five-year lease extension. And Major League Baseball, which has been slow to comment on the A’s desire to move to San Jose, is offering to act as a negotiator in the possible deal.

KCBS, CBS 5 and SF Chronicle Insider Phil Matier:

This would keep the team in Oakland until 2018.

A’s managing partner Lew Wolff is in favor of working out a new lease as he said any new ballpark would probably take at least that long to be approved and built.

The team continues to hold out hope of a move to San Jose but Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has remained silent on the issue for more than a year. The San Francisco Giants maintain that they have territorial rights in the South Bay and would not allow the team to move there.

Both the A’s and Giants have qualified for the postseason this year.

You can hear Phil Matier’s comments Monday through Friday at 7:50am and 5:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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