SAN JOSE -- Mayor Chuck Reed sent Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig a letter Tuesday requesting a personal meeting to avoid "additional litigation" over the Oakland A's four-year quest for a San Jose ballpark.

Selig assigned a special committee four years ago last month to study the proposed A's move to San Jose. The San Francisco Giants, who have won two World Series titles since then, have objected on grounds they relied on territorial rights to the San Jose area when they built AT&T Park, now in its 13th season.

"I'm hoping it might motivate the commissioner to take some action some time soon," Reed said of his one-page letter to Selig, copied to A's co-owner Lew Wolff.

This July 2, 2010,  photo shows San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed at a rally in San Jose, Calif.  Major League Baseball is asking Reed to hold off on putting a
This July 2, 2010, photo shows San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed at a rally in San Jose, Calif. Major League Baseball is asking Reed to hold off on putting a measure on the ballot for an Oakland Athletics ballpark. Last week, the mayor said he would ask the City Council to approve a ballot measure even though MLB has yet to decide whether the team can move. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig had said he was "disappointed" with Reed's action. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) ( Paul Sakuma )

Wolff said he knew Reed was planning a letter and was OK with it.

"It's logical that he'd be requesting that," Wolff said as he waited for his team to take on the Seattle Mariners at Oakland's O.co Coliseum. He declined to comment on "the process," adding only that "I'm always hopeful" that it will resolve in his favor.

Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said the commissioner had not seen the mayor's letter and had no further comment.

San Jose officials already have approved environmental studies on a proposed ballpark near the HP Pavilion and Diridon rail station. A citizens group, Stand for San Jose, led by the Giants' minor-league affiliate in San Jose, sued the city in December 2011 arguing the environmental review was inadequate.

But San Jose officials have been rattling their own litigation saber more loudly in recent months as the ballpark impasse drags on. Councilman Sam Liccardo, a former prosecutor who represents downtown, spoke openly last month about the possibility of San Jose or local businesses challenging baseball's long-standing antitrust exemption in a lawsuit, something he says private attorneys would take on at no cost to the city.

"The pressure is building for a solution that's not being delivered by the current process," Liccardo said Tuesday. "There are a lot of small businesses and property owners that have lost money as a result of the delay in the decision-making process. There are many people with an incentive to rectify the injustice of a legal framework that grants an exemption to the antitrust laws to one industry but applies it to every other business in the U.S."

Reed said in his Tuesday letter to Selig that "direct communication between us will help resolve any lingering issues about our commitment to having the A's home plate be located in San Jose and could reduce the probability for additional litigation."

Asked in an interview Tuesday whether that was a reference to either the city or local groups suing to challenge baseball's antitrust exemption, Reed said "both of those could happen."

Consultants have estimated a major-league ballpark in San Jose could generate $30 million in property tax revenue over 30 years.

As with the Giants' AT&T Park, the A's have proposed to privately finance construction of a San Jose ballpark, which is expected to cost about $500 million. San Jose has offered to contribute toward the project by selling the A's a low-priced option to buy ballpark-area land that the city had purchased with redevelopment money.

Gov. Jerry Brown's move to eliminate city redevelopment agencies and divert their tax revenue to schools and local governments has complicated that plan. The state controller has said disposition of the San Jose ballpark property is now up to a "successor agency" of city, county, school and special district representatives, though local officials say they're committed to honoring the ballpark option.

Oakland officials meanwhile have stepped up their efforts to offer the A's an alternative ballpark plan that could keep the team in that city where it has invigorated its fan base by winning the American League West last season. Wolff has dismissed the Oakland proposals as infeasible but has asked to negotiate a five-year extension on the team's lease at the Coliseum, which expires after this season.

Reed said he had no signal that Selig would be more receptive to meeting with him than in the past. In 2010, Reed proposed putting the ballpark plan to a public vote, something required by city law for stadium projects involving public money and which city officials have committed to regardless. Reed backed off at the request of the commissioner's office, which promised to help pay for a future election if needed.

In his Tuesday letter, Reed noted that it has been two years since then. The mayor said in an interview he believes direct talk rather that circuitous discussions with committee members might help break the impasse.

"There's nothing like a face to face meeting to get things squared away," Reed said in an interview. "I just figure we just need to be persistent."

Contact John Woolfolk at 408-975-9346. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/johnwoolfolk1.