The Oakland A's have asked to keep playing their home games in the Coliseum for the next five years, The Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
A's owner Lew Wolff reportedly sent a letter to the Coliseum Authority requesting to stay in the Coliseum for at least the next five years. Wolff and the A's, however, will continue their push for approval to move the team to San Jose. However, the A's lease with the Coliseum expires after the 2013 season and there have been rumblings that the City of Oakland may not be agreeable to extending the team's stay while Wolff pursues a home in San Jose.
The A's agreement to stay in Oakland means that the earliest the A's could move to the South Bay would be 2018.
Wolff's letter said he would keep the A's in Oakland for at least five years "regardless of the outcome of our efforts to obtain a new facility in the City of San Jose."
According to the Los Angeles Times, Wolff's letter also said: "The A's organization certainly prefers to remain in Oakland for the next five years rather than being forced into looking elsewhere for a temporary home venue. If possible, we should retain the 130 full-time jobs and the almost 800 union jobs that encompass a full baseball season, the fun of the A's, and Major League Baseball in Oakland for five more years.
"I believe the A's have a great deal to contribute to the area for the next five years, and even thereafter."
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a blue ribbon panel to determine the best stadium option for the A's in the Bay Area. It's been nearly four years since the panel was formed.