Baseball owners quiet on first day of meetings
"That's an interesting question, but I think you might want to address that to the commissioner," White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said.
Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday night that no deal has been submitted to him for approval, but otherwise declined to address the potential trade. He is expected to talk at the conclusion of the meetings on Thursday.
Selig and the owners shuffled in and out of rooms all day, but no one seemed interested in talking about the topics discussed at the meetings.
Oakland is interested in building a new ballpark in San Jose, but that area is considered part of the San Francisco Giants' territory. Selig said at the World Series he is working on the issue, and A's managing partner Lew Wolff refused to talk about the situation on Wednesday.
The owners are expected to hear more about expanding the use of instant replay to fair-foul calls and trap plays on potential catches, and possibly even more. But it was unclear if that topic was addressed on the first day of the meetings.
"Without focusing on a general type of play, I would say that we need to, baseball needs to move forward," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said. "I'm confident the commissioner and the special committee he's got in place will examine a variety of options that will begin to address that problem."
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