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Will free agents join the A’s for their interim stay in Sacramento, which will span from 2025 through at least 2027?
Granted, any serious analysis of how Fisher intends to more than double the team’s current $61 million payroll is probably so much wasted breath.
Some players, though, say Sacramento’s miniature Triple-A palace likely will be preferable to the mammoth and decrepit Oakland Coliseum.
Asked if he would consider joining Fisher’s vagabonds, Bellinger laughed and offered a conditional response based upon the lighting at Sacramento’s Sutter Health Park, which Kaval has said could be upgraded.
The capacity at Sutter Health Park is 14,014 including fixed seats, lawn seating and standing room.
Game-day revenue could be more, but not by a whole lot considering Sutter Health Park’s small capacity.
Can’t see players taking their money.
(Photo of Sutter Health Park in Sacramento on April 4: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)


The Oakland Athletics continue to assert that they will develop a “top-tier payroll” over the ensuing years, which begs the following apparent questions:.

Owner John Fisher is a man that nobody should trust with money. More on that in a moment. ).

During their short-term stay in Sacramento, which runs through at least 2027, will free agents join the A’s? (Sure! But only if they lack better options). ).

Prior to their arrival in Las Vegas, Dave Kaval, the team president, stated in January that “we’re budgeting numbers we think are in the higher side of the league.”. He made clear the A’s intention to spend money on Monday. “We intend to have a top-tier payroll once we are in our new ballpark, and we plan to grow our payroll ahead of our move to Las Vegas,” Kaval said in a statement provided to The Athletic.

The A’s intended payroll during the ramp-up period prior to their move to Las Vegas is estimated to be between $130 million and $150 million, with the intention of surpassing $170 million after they settle into their new fixed-roof stadium, according to a person briefed on the team’s plans in January. At the time, Kaval declined to confirm those figures.

Naturally, a thorough examination of Fisher’s plans to more than quadruple the team’s present $61 million payroll would be pointless. However, some players believe Oakland Coliseum, which is enormous and in disrepair, will not be as good as Sacramento’s tiny Triple-A stadium. Let’s begin completing the OakSacVegas roster just for fun!

One of several players who claimed to have little knowledge of the A’s predicament was Cody Bellinger, the center fielder for the Chicago Cubs, who has the option to opt out of his contract after this season. When asked if he would think about joining Fisher’s wanderers, Bellinger chuckled and gave a qualified answer based on Sutter Health Park in Sacramento’s lighting, which Kaval has stated needs improvement.

“If the lights work properly,” Bellinger remarked. “Gimme some nice lighting. “.

An experienced 16-year player and potential free agent, Justin Turner of the Toronto Blue Jays, saw the Sacramento experience as an improvement over Oakland’s. However, he is also failing to perceive the urgent warning from the A.

They may perform for a larger audience. Turner stated, “It might have the vibe of a better baseball game.”. Absolutely not, it wouldn’t rank in my top ten. However, who’s to say it won’t be a better circumstance?

Turner is not wrong. Sutter Health Park can accommodate 14,014 people, including standing room, lawn seating, and fixed seats. Over the previous three seasons, the A’s average home attendance was 8,660, 9,849, and 10,276. There have been 6,438 games played so far this season. The numbers increased when the team was playing more competitively.

“It is not possible for the clubhouse to be worse. There is no way the visiting clubhouse could be worse. There’s no way the turnout could be worse, Turner remarked. “And even with a small attendance, it won’t appear as bad in a smaller venue as it would in the enormous Coliseum. “.

Nevertheless, unlike every major-league park, Sutter Health Park’s clubhouses are located in the outfield rather than beneath the stands with direct access to the dugouts. Ryan Noda, the first baseman for the A’s, could give you a tour of the complex. Noda, a former minor league player for Sacramento, rattled off a list of possible issues to the San Jose Mercury News.

Concerns? Ensuring that all safety procedures and standards are met for the field, locker rooms, dugouts, and surface. To be a big-league facility, that field needs a lot of money and work invested in it. “.

One Sacramento native, Rhys Hoskins, who plays first base for the Milwaukee Brewers, is skeptical as well. Hoskins adores his hometown and thinks the people there will support any team that comes to town, no matter how short-lived. However, don’t expect him to call his agent, Scott Boras, and demand to wear the green and gold if he opts out at the end of the season.

Hoskins stated, “I would definitely consider it because the thought of playing at home has always been appealing, but the lack of big-league facilities and the product that that organization is putting out there is not something I’d want to be a part of.”. “.

But hold on, Rhys—the A’s say the ramp-up is about to happen.

In actuality, Fisher’s past indicates that he is unlikely to spend more than he brings in and to make any additional contributions to the team. A large payroll increase appears improbable until the A’s reach Vegas, if they reach Vegas, if they draw in Vegas, if, if, if.

It’s not like their sales in Sacramento are going to skyrocket.

The A’s and NBC Sports California reworked their local TV agreement as part of the move. The team is anticipated to receive a sizable portion of its local rights fee, which was approximately $70 million a year, according to a previous report by Evan Drellich of The Athletic.

It will be fewer, though.

Given the limited capacity of Sutter Health Park, game-day revenue could be higher, but not significantly. When the novelty wears off, perhaps not by much at all. Apprehensive about paying major-league prices for a short-lived, inferior major-league product, the good people of Sacramento may not be thrilled about paying Triple-A ticket prices.

Fisher is set to receive his regular portion of Central Baseball Revenue, which Sportico estimated to be in excess of $100 million from national media deals, sponsorships, and merchandise sales. Additionally, when the team completes its four-year phase-in and returns to a 100 percent share, he will receive an increased sum in revenue sharing, good for about $60 million. In spite of this, how in the world would Fisher boost his payroll to, say, $130 million to $150 million in Sacramento and then $170 million in Vegas if he were to choose to invest some of that extra cash in his team?

For a team that used to be very proud of how efficient it was, none of those options—overpaying free agents, taking on bad contracts, going crazy with extensions—would make any sense. Furthermore, it’s almost unbelievable to think that the A’s will become a serious contender for any elite free agent, including Max Fried, Alex Bregman, Juan Soto, and Corbin Burnes. Plus, there will be 29 more teams from which to choose for even lesser free agents.

If someone is willing to write the sequel, “Moneyball,” it should be a really good book.

cannot view the A’s expenses. I don’t see players stealing their cash. I’m not sure how this is going to work for the 1,036th time.

This story was written with assistance from Andy McCullough of The Athletic.

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(Image of Sacramento’s Sutter Health Park taken April 4 by Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press).

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