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Ken Rosenthal

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The Oakland Athletics could be preparing to force the issue on their proposed move to San Jose.

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While some sources say that A’s officials plan to add their proposed move to San Jose to the agenda at next month’s owners’ meeting in New York, other sources say that the team will do no such thing, continuing to await direction from baseball instead.

A’s owner Lewis Wolff declined comment Monday night when reached by FOXSports.com. Sources said earlier in the day that the A’s were willing to risk rejection by the owners in order to get a resolution on their ballpark issue. But such a strategy would carry considerable risk, which is why the A’s might not want to pursue it.

If the matter went to a vote, the necessary approval from three-fourths of the owners would appear unlikely. The Athletics would need to present a viable ballpark plan for San Jose, and baseball would need to address the San Francisco Giants’ territorial rights to San Jose. The Giants have been adamant about maintaining those rights.

The A’s, meanwhile, have been awaiting a resolution on their ballpark problem since commissioner Bud Selig appointed a special committee to study the team’s situation more than three years ago.

If the owners blocked the Athletics’ move to San Jose and upheld the Giants’ territorial rights to the area, the A’s next step would be unclear.

The possibilities would include San Jose filing an antitrust lawsuit against baseball, the A’s owners attempting to sell the franchise and baseball working out a deal to allow the A’s to relocate and compensate the Giants for the loss of their territory.

The A’s view their current situation as untenable, and they have made it clear that they do not wish to remain in Oakland.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported that the A’s planned to place their stadium issue on the agenda for the owners’ meetings. The newspaper reported later in the day that “despite the A’s desire to get their stadium issue onto the agenda, it will not be added” and that baseball “has no plans to delve into the matter next month.”

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