A's co-owner Lew Wolff said the city of San Jose remains the team's focus for building a new ballpark, one day after Wolff met with an Oakland business executive hoping to keep the team in the city.
Clorox CEO Don Knauss has made public his desire for the A's to stay in Oakland, and to potentially bring in a new ownership group to buy the A's if Wolff and principal owner John Fisher are willing to sell.
But Wolff reiterated the A's aren't for sale.
"I'm happy to meet with anyone who's willing to have a dialogue," Wolff said. "But we have absolutely no interest in selling, and we didn't talk about selling."
Knauss made his case for the benefits of keeping the A's in Oakland, according to Wolff.
"I was just trying to be courteous, that we've explored everything (in Oakland)," Wolff said. "We went over in great detail what we've done. You'd have to ask him what he thought."
Knauss could not be reached for comment. But he wasn't alone in the meeting, as an A's source indicated that an Oakland chamber of commerce representative and another Oakland-based CEO sat in.
The Giants own territorial rights to San Jose, the major roadblock to the A's moving there.
One option the city of San Jose could explore is filing a lawsuit challenging Major League Baseball antitrust exemption, in the hopes of getting permission to lure the A's.
Wolff's thoughts on that?
"I don't believe in having a partnership where you threaten other partners in legal action, and I'm not big on hiring attorneys to solve problems," he said.