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Despite stadium uncertainty, Beane stands by long-term plan for A's youngsters

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Despite stadium uncertainty, Beane stands by long-term plan for A's youngsters

The deterioration of ballpark talks at the Peralta site won’t affect the A’s grand plan on the baseball side of things.

At least that’s what vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane told reporters Monday as the Winter Meetings opened in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The A’s promoted a number of highly regarded minor leaguers last season who showed promise that they could be future foundation pieces. Along those lines, Beane and his staff planned to target some of those youngsters for long-term contract extensions, with an eye toward generating momentum as a new ballpark was built near downtown Oakland.

The A’s will still look to lock up some of those players, Beane said, even after last week’s news that the Peralta Community College District board halted negotiations for the team to build a new ballpark on land that sits near Laney College.

“I think it’s still a strategy we try to embark on,” Beane said of signing young players.

Consider third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson, who both entrenched themselves last season as rookies, as two obvious candidates for long-term deals at some point. But they aren’t the only two.

When could the first deals come?

“Realistically, the sooner the better,” Beane said. “Certainly we’ve got between now and spring training to introduce the idea. But probably more sooner than later.”

It’s an uncertain time for this franchise. Will the A’s look elsewhere to build in Oakland? They don’t seem thrilled with the idea of revisiting the current Coliseum site or Howard Terminal as possible locations. Could majority owner John Fisher consider selling? And if so, does that open the door to the franchise leaving the Bay Area? It doesn’t seem any scenario should be counted out right now.

No one representing the club, including team president Dave Kaval, has spoken publicly about ballpark plans since the Peralta talks abruptly ended Wednesday.

As far as baseball operations go, it only makes sense to continue down the path that they recently committed to. The only bad course of action for the A’s is not to take any action at all.

Beane and general manager David Forst need to stay the course and continue their commitment to young players, crossing their fingers that the business side of the operation can pivot and find a new direction for building a ballpark.

A's place Khris Davis on the DL, call up top prospect

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A's place Khris Davis on the DL, call up top prospect

The A's will be without the services of their leading home run hitter for the next week.

Khris Davis, who has hit 13 home runs this season and driven in a team-high 38 runs, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday due to a strained right groin. The move is retroactive to Monday.

Additionally, reliever Wilmer Font was designated for assignment.

To fill the two open roster spots, the A's recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett and top prospect Franklin Barreto. This will be the second stint with the A's this season for both players.

Davis suffered the groin injury on Sunday in Toronto.

Barreto has struggled in his time at Triple-A Nashville. In 32 games, he's hitting .235 with six home runs, 17 RBI and 42 strikeouts.

A's edged in extras to open homestand

A's edged in extras to open homestand

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and Guillermo Heredia doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The Mariners have won four straight games and six of their last eight.

Jean Segura singled with one out in the 10th ahead of Heredia's one-out double to right-center off Yusmeiro Petit (1-1).

Nick Vincent (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Edwin Diaz earned his 16th save.

Seattle trailed 2-0 when Zunino hit his seventh homer, off starter Trevor Cahill.

Oakland built a two-run lead in the middle innings. Marcus Semien scored on Matt Chapman's double-play grounder in the fourth and added an RBI single in the fifth.

The Mariners have won 13 of their last 16 games against the A's and are 42-22 versus Oakland since 2015.

YER OUTTA HERE

Mariners manager Scott Servais was ejected by plate umpire Brian Knight after Ben Gamel took a called third strike to end the top of the ninth.

FOR STARTERS

Neither starting pitcher was involved in the decision but both pitched well. Mariners right-hander Mike Leake gave up two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings of six-hit ball. He struck out three and walked none. Cahill allowed two runs in seven innings of four-hit ball during his second start since coming off the disabled list. He had been sidelined with a right elbow impingement.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: OF-2B Dee Gordon was placed on the disabled list with a broken right big toe. . OF-DH Nelson Cruz was out of the lineup for a second straight game with a bruised elbow sustained when he was hit by a pitch Saturday against Detroit. . OF Mitch Haniger was pulled in the fifth, an inning after he was hit by a pitch from Cahill on his left arm. X-rays were negative.

Athletics: DH-OF Khris Davis had an MRI to determine the severity of a right groin strain he sustained in Toronto. The team was awaiting results. . OF Boog Powell, on the DL since April 7 with a right knee sprain, started a running program last week and is about two weeks from sliding and baserunning drills. . RHP Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) had an MRI that showed no structural damage, trainer Nick Paparesta said. . RHP Paul Blackburn threw 45 pitches during an extended spring training game in Arizona on Monday. Blackburn will pitch in another extended spring game Saturday. He could start a minor league rehab assignment next week. . RHP Liam Hendricks (right groin strain) threw his third bullpen. He'll travel to Arizona to face live hitters in extended spring training on Friday ahead of a rehab assignment. . LHP Ryan Buchter played catch from 75 feet and could pitch off a mound next week, Paparesta said.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzalez (3-3, 4.66 ERA) pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball in his last start but wasn't involved in the decision in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (0-1, 11.05) will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville. He was 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in seven outings (five starts) with Nashville.