SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As the A's filed into Scottsdale Stadium for Wednesday's Cactus League opener, Giants president and CEO Larry Baer made a surprising admission. The Giants aren't opposed to temporarily sharing AT&T Park with the Bay Area's other franchise, provided the A's are constructing a new ballpark.
Of course, that park wouldn't be in San Jose, where the Giants own territorial rights.
"They've got to come up with a long-term plan," Baer said. "Once that's arrived at, then maybe you'll take a step back and say, 'Is there something we can do to be helpful?' As a neighborly thing.
"Obviously, they've got to come up with what their plan is, and we'll go from there."
Baer reiterated that the Giants would cooperate with the A's if they find a non-San Jose solution. He said the Giants are open-minded on more urgent matters, too.
The club and third baseman Pablo Sandoval have not opened extension talks, but ownership is not opposed to handing out a huge contract for the third straight spring. Matt Cain signed an extension before the 2012 season, and Buster Posey was given a lengthy deal last spring. General manager Brian Sabean has said multiple times that he hopes to reach a spring deal with Sandoval, but the Giants won't set a deadline. They went through a similar experience with Hunter Pence last season and ended up giving Pence a five-year deal during the final weekend of the season.
"On opening day, if Pablo doesn't have a long-term deal, it doesn't mean he's not going to be a Giant," Baer said. "We want to let Pablo get acclimated (in Scottsdale), and then the evaluation starts."
Baer touched on a variety of topics during a 20-minute session with reporters. He said Sabean will have breathing room this summer to increase payroll if the right trade fit is found, but the Giants, Baer said, won't attempt to go "dollar for dollar" with the free-spending Los Angeles Dodgers. That's not to say that the Giants aren't in a good financial spot. Payroll has settled around $150 million after a winter spree, and the Giants already have sold 2.6 million tickets for the upcoming season.
"We're on track for another sold-out season or really close," Baer said.
"I was thinking this morning about all the good starters we have on this team, and to get an opportunity to throw opening day is really special," Bumgarner said. "I'm truly thankful and blessed for the opportunity."
The Giants got ninth-inning homers from minor leaguers Adam Duvall and Ehire Adrianza, but thanks to two stunning catches by Josh Reddick, Michael Morse was kept off the board. Reddick twice leapt high at the 10-foot wall in right to pull back Morse blasts.
"He's known for doing that, man," Morse said, smiling. "I'm happy to help him work on it in spring training, I guess."
The catches were the talk of the losing clubhouse, with players taking turns looking at an Instagram video of the first robbery.
"I don't think I've ever seen anybody go up higher than that on the wall here," Bochy said. "And he did it twice."