Knee-Jerk Reaction: Best. Holiday. Tweet. Ever.

There are special moments for thoughtful reflection about new developments with the Oakland A’s … and then there are moments like these where I only have time for a quick post.

If you’re an A’s fan and you want to believe in miracles the way some kids believe in Santa Claus this time of year then USA Today’s Bob Nightengale’s tweet this morning is the gift you’ve been waiting for:

“All signs and top #MLB sources say that the #Athletics will be granted permission by Feb to move to San Jose.”

So there you have it. If it’s true (and yes, I want to buy into the idea that it’s true) then the A’s long stay in ballpark purgatory is almost over.

Some quick thoughts … which is pretty much all I have time for on Christmas Eve:

• It’s about time. After several years of looking into the A’s ballpark situation, MLB commissioner Bud Selig’s blue ribbon panel was starting to look like an absolute joke. I guess they really did do some work after all.

• I guess being Selig’s former frat brother finally paid off for A’s owner Lew Wolff.  I’d like to think that long-running friendship helped grease the wheels for this deal to go down.

• There’s a long, long way from a tweet to Opening Day in San Jose. This thing still needs voter approval in San Jose and AT&T still has the rights to a big chunk of land that’s part of any potential ballpark.

• I must say that I am amused that MLB owners appear to be on the verge of handing San Jose over to the A’s despite the Giants’ protests. I’m sure they’ll get some money out of this deal and they’ll invade the East Bay and annoy me to death with their advertising campaigns but it still cracks me up that they’re just going to have to live with the A’s in San Jose.

I can’t blame them for trying to stand their ground and drive the A’s out of town but they were always full of hot air with their claims that they can’t live without San Jose.  Everyone is going to win if Nightengale is correct.

Jeff Fletcher, as usual, is right on the money. Letting the A’s move to the South Bay is good for baseball. There’s nothing the owners love more than a new ballpark and the money that comes with it. Taking the A’s off of revenue sharing is exactly what they want.

• It’s time for me to show a little more patience with the latest rebuilding effort by general manager Billy Beane. If a new ballpark really is on the verge of materializing for the A’s we’ll finally see what the man can do with some resources to work with.

• I guess it’s time for me to sit back and give this ownership group a chance to put their money where their mouth has been for the past several years. Wolff and Co. have been saying for years that they can’t compete in Oakland and the only solution is a new ballpark in San Jose.

Well, here you go Wolfie. You got your wish. Now it’s time to stop making excuses and field a winner. Do that and I’ll even call the new stadium “The House That Lew Built.”

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: The Gio Gonzalez trade

There are special moments for thoughtful reflection about new developments with the Oakland A’s … and then there are moments like these where I only have time for a quick post.

If you’re an A’s fan you already know that pitcher Gio Gonzalez, Oakland’s 2011 All-Star, has finally been traded.  After weeks of speculation on where he would end up Gonzalez was sent to the Washington Nationals for a handful of prospects.

My quick take on the deal is that, overall, I’m just fine with it.  Once general manager Billy Beane found the Dan Haren-like haul he was looking for he pulled the trigger and I think he got really good value for Gio.   I trust prospect hounds like John Sickels and Kevin Goldstein who give high marks to the players Oakland got in exchange for Gonzalez.

Pitchers A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Tom Milone  and catcher Derek Norris all have the potential to be solid contributors to Oakland’s future with Cole and Peacock standing out as potential aces.  All in all, not a bad return for Oakland’s best pitcher.  If you can’t get Bryce Harper (and there’s no way that was ever going to happen) you might as well raid the Nationals’ stock of top prospects which is exactly what Beane did.

My only beef with the trades of Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill is that A’s didn’t come away with the one thing they really need which is a young slugger to anchor the middle of the lineup for several affordable years.

To say the least, Beane isn’t done dealing so a young slugger or two could be on the way as he continues to ship established players out of town in an effort to rebuild the franchise.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see some of the players acquired in the Gonzalez and Cahill deals packaged with someone like closer Andrew Bailey to bring in a stud hitting prospect.

Another guy who may be making his way to the trading block in the wake of today’s move is catcher Kurt Suzuki.  Derek Norris gets high marks for his work behind the plate, power and on-base skills which could make someone like Suzuki expendable to a rebuilding team like the A’s if the right deal comes along.  If Beane gets an offer he can’t refuse I can easily see Suzuki suiting up for someone else at some point in the near future.

You can’t stop this rebuild so you might as well settle in for a long, bumpy ride to what could be a bright future in San Jose if the A’s ever get their wish to pack up and leave Oakland in the rear view mirror.