I posted this on Facebook in December but didn't think of putting it here too. Well, here it is.
The A's have officially given up on the 2012 season and are
just playing out the string. Long time fan Roberto Santiago has
informed the team that he is considering opting out of his contract and
exploring free agency.
According to Susan
Slusser of the San Fransisco Chronicle the A's have traded All-Star
pitcher Trevor Cahill to the Arizona Diamondbacks for prospects. This
move is in keeping with the A's philosophy as they look towards a future
that involves moving to San Jose. As Slusser had previously reported
the A's are looking to trade many of their recent All-Stars, "to get
back younger players in return than those they dealt. They aren’t
hiding the fact that the players they’d be looking for are ones who’d
be playing in any potential new stadium. The soonest the A’s could get
a stadium completed would be in three years, for the 2015 season. So
Double-A players, maybe even high Class-A players could be on their
wish lists, conceivably."
Today Slusser reports that the
trade of Cahill, an All-Star in 2010, and RP Craig Breslow, “lines up
with what Arizona is trying to do, and what Oakland is trying to do.
Win now – or win three years down the road.”
This news may
be the last straw for long time A's fan Roberto Santiago who has
expressed reservations about his future with the club ever since Lew
Wolff bought the team in 2005 and immediately announced he was moving
them to Fremont. Santiago, who grew up in the Oakland/Berkeley area
told reporters privately that any impending move could jeopardize his
future with the club. With the A's clearly trying to alienate fans and
tank everything in advance of the 2015 season Santiago's future with the
club is very much in doubt.
Santiago has been tied to
several major league markets including Los Angeles, New York,
Washington DC, and Boston. The Red Sox may be in position to sign
Santiago after previously signing him to a ten day contract in 2008. To
date that ten day deal represents the strongest move made by an MLB
team to recruit the long time baseball fan since 1989.
the Red Sox strong financial commitment some speculate that Santiago
might sign with Washington, where he keeps a residence, in order to be
closer to his family.
"My son goes past the National's
stadium everyday on his way to school so it would be cool to be a part
of that." said Santiago. He continued, "With the new park, some good
young players and a willingness to try for quality free agents
Washington could be a good place for me.
there is little credit to the idea that Santiago would consider a move
to the either of the New York teams. Much like the rumors around Cliff
Lee last year there is a feeling that Santiago would be more
comfortable in a smaller market. Even though he has family ties to both
the Mets and Yankees, those close to the veteran fan doubt he would
consider New York unless they made an overwhelming offer, several times
what the Red Sox committed in 2008.
The Dodgers are
thought to be ruled out due in part to their unsettled ownership
situation and reports linking Santiago to the Angels and Orioles were
dismissed as being completely without merit. According to one source,
"His long time hatred for those two franchises would make them highly
unlikely fandom destinations despite loose geographic ties."
is still a chance Santiago could remain with Oakland, the franchise
that drafted him in the first month of 1977. Santiago has stated that
beyond this year his decision to re-up with the club is likely
contingent on them building a new stadium in downtown Oakland. In 2006
Santiago was quoted as saying, "I don't mind rebuilding, but I don't
want to be involved in a move."
"I'd love to stay in
Oakland my whole career." Santiago continued, "But it's not totally up
to me. The team has to show that they want me. At the same time we all
have to understand it's a business. We all have to do what's best for
us and our families even when it hurts."
front office is rumored to have hopes the two sport fan who has been a
long time supporter of the 49ers might follow former A's All-Stars
Barry Zito and Vida Blue across the bay. This harkens back to
speculation that the Giants might have been courting Santiago in 1997
when he was seen in a Candlestick Park luxury box with former Giant and
one-time Athletics hall-of-famer Orlando Cepeda. Though those rumors
never found legs, Santiago claimed it was merely a social call, it
wouldn't be a surprise if people tried to draw a connection. Also
Fueling the Santiago to the Giants talk is the story that as a kid in
the late 80's Santiago liked those funky hats that were half A's and