After reviewing several modifications made by the Oakland City Council last week, team owner Lew Wolff said he agreed to the terms of the lease to keep the team playing at the Oakland Coliseum.
The deal must still be approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on July 29. The board has previously announced its support.
The extension already has been approved by the board of the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority, a government entity that oversees
"We appreciate the cooperation and efforts of Oakland city officials in this process and are optimistic that our negotiations have led to a fair and mutually beneficial relationship," the A's said in a statement. "Most of all, we are happy for our great fans who, pending the county's vote, will know that the Oakland Athletics will continue to play its games at O.co Coliseum."
As part of the new lease, city leaders say the team agrees to stay in Oakland for at least two years and face a $1.6 million per year penalty if it leaves before the lease is up. The deal also requires that the team engage in good-faith discussions about building a new ballpark in Oakland.
"We had a few tough moments, but overall I sensed the last week it was going in the right direction," Selig said Tuesday while speaking in Pittsburgh. "I'm very pleased. It's one step, one important step, to overall solving that problem."
Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the
He will become the everyday starter at a spot that's been a question mark for New York all year following the season-long suspension of
"I don't think we're getting a big thumper," General Manager
The 30-year-old Headley, drafted by the Padres in 2005, can become a free agent after this season. The switch-hitter was batting .229 with seven homers and 32 RBIs but has a .339 average with six extra-base hits in 13 games since July 4. He was a