Long-time Athletics minor league roving instructor Ron Plaza passed away last night at age 77, according to a team media release. Plaza had been with the A's since 1983, and also worked for the Reds and Cardinals organizations during his 61-year career in baseball as a player, manager and coach. We at MLBTR send our condolences to Plaza's family, friends and colleagues.
Here's the latest from both the A's and the Giants...
- The Athletics aim to put their new stadium and proposed move to San Jose on the agenda for next month's owners meetings, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. By forcing the other owners to vote on the move, the A's would finally get some resolution on an issue that has dragged on for three years. Neither A's owner Lew Wolff or GM Billy Beane would comment on the story.
- One of Slusser's sources (Twitter link) isn't certain if the A's will be successful in getting their case heard at the owners meetings. It will ultimately be up to Bud Selig, who decides on the meetings' agenda.
- Madison Bumgarner's extension with the Giants is "a win for everyone involved," writes Dave Cameron for Fangraphs.
- The Giants now have greater cost certainty with Bumgarner and Matt Cain both locked up to multiyear contracts, which Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter) feels will make the team likelier to sign Tim Lincecum to a long-term deal "if he has a good year." Lincecum signed a two-year pact with the Giants in January that puts him on pace to hit free agency after the 2013 season.