SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants president and chief executive officer Larry Baer sounded as if the key obstacle for the A's to attempt a move to San Jose remains an issue that's tricky to resolve. When a reporter cited the perception that Major League Baseball is close to deciding whether the Giants will keep or relinquish their authority over the San Jose-area market, Baer said, "Think whatever. This was discussed when Steve Schott owned the team 12 years ago. We know it's been studied and being studied. We're cooperating." Baer replied "not necessarily" when asked whether the Giants and A's are proceeding with negotiations for a settlement. Asked to elaborate, Baer declined.
"I'm going to be respectful of the process here," he said. "You know, I think that's really important. The game is bigger than any internal machinations."