The Oakland Athletics, after receiving permission from commissioner Bud Selig to move from O.co Coliseum unless a deal was approved, finalized an agreement Thursday on a 10-year extension through the 2024 season.
The deal was approved by the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority. The deal still needs to be formally approved by the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors later this month.
According to ESPN.com, the deal settles all outstanding issues between the two sides, including a dispute of past rent owed by the A's. The A's will spend more than $10 million on a new scoreboard and the Coliseum Authority will pay for any structural improvements that will be in place by Opening Day 2015.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that A's co-owner Lew Wolff sent an email to officials Wednesday night, in which he wrote: "I was informed tonight that Commissioner Selig, due to the possibility of not having the hearing and vote that we were purported to receive from the JPA, that we will immediately be allowed to seek a temporary or permanent location outside the city of Oakland."
The email prompted city and county officials to immediately restart negotiations to keep the A's in Oakland.
YANKS CALL UP WHEELER
The New York Yankees recalled infielder Zelous Wheeler from Triple-A and optioned infielder Yangervis Solarte to the minors Thursday.
Wheeler hit .299 with seven home runs, 20 doubles and 31 RBI in 66 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees signed him to a major league contract and selected him to the 25-man roster.
Solarte, who opened the season hitting .336 in his first 34 games, hit only .187 in his last 37 games. Overall, he is hitting .260 with six home runs and 30 RBIs. He was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
To make room for Wheeler on the 40-man roster, infielder Dean Anna was designated for assignment.
ACEVES BANNED 50 GAMES
New York Yankees minor league right-handed pitcher Alfredo Aceves received a 50-game suspension after a second positive drug test, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Thursday.
The league said the suspension without pay is in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and is effective immediately.
Aceves is currently on the roster of Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre of the International League. He tossed 19 2/3 innings in the majors this season, posting a 6.52 ERA.
PAGAN HAS BULGING DISK
No news wasn't necessarily good news for the San Francisco Giants on the Angel Pagan front Wednesday.
However, it could have been a lot worse.
The center fielder flew to Los Angeles for an examination with Dr. Robert Watkins, a back specialist, hoping to avoid surgery on what is now being called a bulging disk in his lower back.
Watkins recommended a second epidural injection, which Pagan was expected to get Thursday.
The hope is that Pagan, after resting through the weekend, will be able to return to some baseball activities as early as Monday.
Similar hopes were quickly dashed when the back pain returned following a similar injection Pagan got last month in the Bay Area.
Pagan hasn't played since June 14.