Oakland A's looking at SF Giants Triple-A site for temporary move

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
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The Oakland A's are looking to move to Las Vegas for the 2028 season, but MLB is looking at interim locations after the 2024 season. The SF Giants Triple-A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats, are under consideration to host the A's until their move to Las Vegas.

Oakland A's looking at SF Giants Triple-A site for temporary move

Will they move to Las Vegas? Will they not move to Las Vegas? That seems to be the ongoing question. It is like Ross and Rachel in Friends. It just feels like they will be together by the end of it.

Nothing is really set in stone at this point. Even the fact that the 2024 season could be the A's final season in Oakland seems to be up in the air. Oakland's lease with the Coliseum expires after the 2024 season, so deadlines tend to inspire action.

They could remain in Oakland according to Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee, but that seems unlikely given how contentious the relationship between the A's and the city of Oakland has become. They could also move elsewhere temporarily as they prepare to permanently move to Las Vegas. Sacramento makes plenty of sense, especially given that it was previously the site for Oakland's Triple-A affiliate.

The Sacramento River Cats were Oakland's Triple-A affiliate for 15 seasons beginning in 2000. However, they have been the Giants' Triple-A affiliate since 2015.

The Giants own many of the major baseball markets in Northern California including San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento. This is by design. On the other hand, the A's currently have a presence in Oakland and their Low-A team, the Stockton Ports.

Oakland has begun to increase its presence in Las Vegas in recent years. They took over the Las Vegas Aviators as their Triple-A club starting in 2019.

For what it is worth, Sacramento Mayor Martha Guerrero seems receptive to the idea of the A's and something that her constituents are eager to consider. Perhaps, the River Cats and A's can share Sutter Health Park in Sacramento for three seasons beginning in 2025. That detail has not been hammered out just yet.

However, another location that is under consideration is Salt Lake City, which is home to the Los Angeles Angels Triple-A team. At this point in time, Sacramento remains the more promising site with Salt Lake City not far behind. Unfortunately, Oakland might not be a viable option, but those with close ties to the community will continue to push for them to remain in Oakland.