Rob Manfred offered to put pressure on city of Oakland for A’s ballpark

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The Oakland A’s had a longstanding offer from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to put public pressure on the city should progress over a new ballpark stall, sources told The Athletic’s Alex Coffey.

The offer predated the A’s Howard Terminal project, sources said. It was first floated while the team pursued a ballpark at the Laney College site in 2017.

The A’s are currently waiting for the city council to vote on their development agreement term sheet for the project, which envisions a new waterfront ballpark for the club at Jack London Square. But on Tuesday, ESPN reported the A’s would start looking into relocation options, upon a suggestion by MLB that the A’s consider a move if the proposal is not approved by the city council.

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