Beane had joined the RedBall sports investment group along with former Oakland owner Lew Wolff and this has been a tough year for all sports franchises; many — including the A’s — have had to furlough employees. Beane has always had numerous outside interests, and it’s been apparent for years that he easily could step aside and pursue any avenue he chose — he’s a top business mind, a major trendsetter in the use of analytics and he would be in demand in just about any industry.
Second base has been a thin position for the Oakland A’s over the last decade. In 2011 it looked like Jemile Weeks might be the answer, but he didn’t pan out long-term. During their 2012-14 postseason run it was a specific area of weakness, with Eric Sogard doing his best to adequately fill it alongside various platoon partners.
The Vancouver Canadians aren’t going anywhere, but their affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays appears to be coming to an end. According to a report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Athletics are expected to move their Single-A team from Beloit, Wisconsin to Vancouver. When asked about it, Canadians President Andy Dunn told Daily Hive: “Currently, we have no information as to the report last night.