Friday, April 5, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, April 5, 2024 -- "More A's Nonsense"


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This is now on Rob Manfred. Manfred wants to get the expansion process started before he leaves office in January 2029, and he remains trapped by his commitment to get the A’s and Rays’ situations settled before doing so. Manfred is willing to allow all manner of nonsense from John Fisher so long as it allows him to say the A’s situation is settled and now the league can consider expansion.

It’s not settled, though, and Manfred’s insistence on backing Fisher’s plays because they get him closer to expansion isn’t working. The A’s are moving further from stability with each bad deal Fisher makes, and there’s no end to them in sight.