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San Jose offers A's 5-acre parcel

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San Jose offers A's 5-acre parcel

Documents made public on Wednesday revealed that San Jose is prepared to sell a downtown land parcel to the A's for 6.9 million.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that the A's would have exclusive rights to the land if they purchase it for the purpose of constructing a stadium near HP Pavilion.

The land is between West San Fernando Street and Park Avenue, adjacent to Los Gatos Creek and Caltrain's Diridon Station.

The deal appears to be contingent on Major League Baseball approving the move. The Giants content that they have territorial rights to San Jose, a major hurdle for A's owner Lew Wolff.

Wolff has made it clear that no land deal will be completed until MLB gives his club the green light to head south. To accommodate that unresolved issue, San Jose has offered Wolff a two-year option for 50,000 that could be extended for a third year for 25,000, according to the Mercury News.

The San Jose City Council could vote on the option agreement and details connected to the land sale at a Nov. 8 meeting.

The city-owned land parcel is not enough to build a stadium. That would require the acquisition of adjacent land owned by AT&T and an individual owner.

The land is worth considerably more than 6.9 million on the open market but San Jose mayor Chuck Reed explained the logic behind the discounted figure.

"I think the price is a fair price when you consider that we want a ballpark, and the A's will have to pay for the ballpark with their money," Reed told the newspaper . "And let's not forget that if we get a ballpark on the land, we get money and 1,000 jobs or so."

A's GM Billy Beane said in September that he expects to hear very soon about whether the club will be allowed to move south to San Jose and build a new ballpark.

A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

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A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.

Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.  

Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.

Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.

Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.

During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.

The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.

Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.

Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.