A’s owner Lew Wolff spoke with a number of fans during FanFest on Sunday and explained how the team’s stadium situation is directly tied to the trades that sent three All-Stars to other teams.
“I grew up in St. Louis and I always knew every day I could wake up and Stan Musial would be around whether they would win the World Series or finished last,” Wolff said. “That’s a nice, warm, comfortable feeling. We’re going to get to that feeling one of these days. But in order to do it, you have to have revenues that justify that.”
Some fans remain frustrated over the trades for unproven talent and the constant rumors about a move to San Jose.
“I’m disappointed. They’re going to go to another team and beat us,” Oakland resident Dave Thomas said of the departed players.
Wolff also said the payroll will drop from the $66 million it was a year ago to somewhere between $50 million and 60 million.
Although, the A’s may still add one more player and that may come in the form of Manny Ramirez.
Ramirez played five games for the Tampa Bay Rays last season before leaving the team following a second positive drug test.
“I think it’d be fun,” Wolff said.