MLB Notes: A's, Giants continue fight

Oakland Athletics' Manny Ramirez of the Dominican Republic warms up as he prepares for batting...

Oakland Athletics' Manny Ramirez of the Dominican Republic warms up as he prepares for batting practice before the start of their first spring training game at Phoenix Municipal stadium in Phoenix, Arizona, March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Darryl Webb

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 PM ET

The Giants and A’s remain entrenched in a territorial war that rests with the A’s proposed relocation to San Jose, a move opposed by the Giants.

While statements issued Wednesday night reaffirmed long-stated positions, they represent the most public bickering on the issue.

The A’s claim that their proposed move doesn’t “alter or in any manner disturb MLB territorial rights.” The Giants disagree, as they have long cherished the technology-rich Silicon Valley, as Santa Clara County generates a significant number of fans, corporate sponsors and other supporters.

In the A’s statement, the team seeks to be allowed to leave the Oakland Coliseum and build a new park in San Jose.

“We simply seek an approval to create a new venue that our organization and MLB fully recognizes is needed to eliminate our dependence on revenue sharing, to offer our fans and players a modern ballpark, to move over 35 miles further away from the Giants’ great venue and to establish an exciting competition between the Giants and A’s,” Oakland’s release said.“

Commissioner Bud Selig said at the January owners’ meetings that the situation was a top priority. He had appointed a committee in March 2009 to analyze the issues affecting the teams. No ruling is imminent.

”The committee is still at work,“ MLB spokesman Pat Courtney told Oakland Tribune. ”No decisions have been made.“

While the City of Oakland would like to build a new park for the A’s, owner Lew Wolff wants to move to San Jose.

The Giants responded to the A’s assertions by issuing their own statement.

The territorial rights have been ”explicitly reaffirmed by Major League Baseball on four separate occasions,“ the Giants’ statement read, referencing to when former Giants managing partner Peter Magowan bought the team prior to the 1993 season.

Fenway Park added to the NRHP

Fenway Park has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office announced Thursday.

The famous, century-old home of the Boston Red Sox had been nominated for listing in December, and was approved by The Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Rangers GM thought Hamilton used a poor choice of words

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he initially thought Josh Hamilton used a poor choice of words when he said he didn’t ”owe the Rangers“ a hometown discount, though it doesn’t mean the team is closing any doors.

”I still don’t like the choice of words because it has a bad connotation, leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth,“ Daniels told ESPN Dallas 103.3’s Galloway & Company. ”But I think hearing it in context, and then hearing it with what he followed up with, I understand a little bit of what he was trying to get across. I don’t think I would’ve phrased it that way.“

Hamilton can become a free agent after the season, and the team ended contract talks after Hamilton’s alcohol relapse earlier this year.

Twins sign Perkins

The Minnesota Twins have signed lefty reliever Glen Perkins to a three-year, $10.3 million extension, the team announced.

Perkins was already set to make $1.55 million in 2012, so this deal keeps him in Minnesota through the 2015 season, and includes a club option for 2016.

Perkins, 29, posted a 2.48 ERA 61 2/3 innings last year.

Marlins consider Stanton offer

The Marlins have discussed the possibility of presenting slugging outfielder Giancarlo Stanton with a ”big, crooked“ contract offer,” according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney.

Stanton’s value could be comparable to the recent extensions signed by Justin Upton ($50 million), Jay Bruce ($51 million), Carlos Gonzalez ($80 million) and Andrew McCutchen ($51.5 million), though each of those players had at least one additional year in the big leagues. Stanton won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season.

Moore suffers another setback

Seattle Mariners catcher Adam Moore suffered another setback to an already injury-riddled career, when the 27-year-old broke his right wrist in during Tuesday’s game against the Reds.

Moore will likely miss the rest of Spring Training. Moore missed nearly all of 2011 with a right-knee injury that required surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear.

Notes:

- Baltimore Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told reporters that he doesn’t expect to sign Johnny Damon.

“I don’t think so. I already signed Johnny Damon when he was 28,” Duquette said, referring to when Damon played for the Boston Red Sox.

Damon batted .261 with 16 homers and 29 doubles in 582 plate appearances for the Tampa Rays in 2011.

- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper had to be scratched from his expected starting assignment on Thursday because of tightness in his calf. He is listed as day-to-day.

- It’s not often that a towel can cause an injury to a baseball player, but that’s apparently what happened to Rays pitcher David Price on Thursday.

After Price finished the second of what was scheduled to be three innings of work, he went to the bench and began to dry off with a towel.

But that toweling off left him with a stiff neck that prevented him from going out for his third inning of work.

Price does not think the injury is serious.

- Yankees right-hander David Robertson was scheduled to get additional tests after an MRI on his right foot showed “cause for concern,” manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com.

Robertson will have a CT scan and an X-ray of the foot, which he injured Wednesday while falling down a flight of stairs.


Videos

Photos