PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 10: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics hits his first single of the spring during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium on March 10, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Here are some news, notes and updates from the Oakland Athletics:
- Two investment groups have expressed serious interest in buying the Oakland A's and keeping them in their current home in Oakland. While the suitors don't want to be identified yet, it's believed one of the groups dropped out of the running for the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose price may reach $1.5 billion. While current owner Lew Wolff would prefer to move to San Jose, the A's are currently waiting for Bud Selig to rule on the San Francisco Giants' territorial rights over the South Bay.
- Jane Lee of MLB.com reports the A's have made their first cuts of the spring. The 12 players sent to triple-A or minor league camp include 2011 first round pick Sonny Gray, top OF prospects Grant Green and Michael Choice, and converted pitcher Sean Doolittle.
- The White Sox' Alexei Ramirez says new Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has an advantage he never had. "He has the luxury that I didn't get to have, which is having a mom here," said Ramirez. "So that will give him the ability to have him concentrate on baseball, and having that family is always helpful." Cespedes is 2-6 for the A's with two walks and a homer.
- New Oakland LH Tommy Milone had another strong outing yesterday to increase his chances of making the rotation. Milone, 25, was acquired from the Washington Nationals in the Gio Gonazalez trade and is a strong candidate to make the opening day rotation.
- A's minor leaguer Jason Pridie was suspended 50 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention Program for the second time. Pridie, 28, played 101 games for the Mets in 2011 and was vying for a 5th OF slot. He will serve the suspension to start the season.