A's owner Lew Wolff is asking if he can stay at the Oakland Coliseum for five more years regardless of any stadium outcome in San Jose, according to a story published Friday in the Los Angeles Times.
In a letter to the commission that governs the Coliseum, Wolff proposed an agreement that would delay a potential move to San Jose until 2018. The A's lease at the Oakland Coliseum expires after the 2013 season.
The A's have been waiting nearly four years to have baseball commissioner Bud Selig and a panel he appointed approve a move to San Jose. The Giants have been vigorously fighting a potential move, claiming terrotial rights to San Jose.
In the letter, much of which appeared in the L.A. Times, Wolff wrote he would keep the team in Oakland for at least five more years "regardless of the outcome of our efforts to obtain a new facility in the City of San Jose."
According to the Times, Wolff's letter said: "The A's organization certainly prefers to remain in Oakland for the next five years rather than being forced into looking elsewhere for a temporary home venue. If possible, we should retain the 130 full-time jobs and the almost 800 union jobs that encompass a full baseball season, the fun of the A's, and Major League Baseball in Oakland for five more years.
"I believe the A's have a great deal to contribute to the area for the next five years, and even thereafter."