In a deal reached Thursday with the Oakland Athletics, San Jose just bought more time to try wooing the team to a new ballpark in downtown.
The agreement comes a few months after the baseball team signed off on a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, according to the Mercury News. That contract includes an out, though, which would allow the team to move if another spot opened up within the decade.
San Jose’s deal, pending City Council approval, would give the city more time to convince the courts or Major League Baseball to allow the A’s to move south. The San Francisco Giants have blocked the move, claiming they own territorial rights to the region.
The A’s make annual payments to San Jose to reserve public land near the Diridon Station hub in downtown, with hopes that eventually they can ask voters to approve the construction of new ballpark. A’s owner Lew Wolff previously put down a deposit on the land, and the deal was about to expire next month. The renewal pushes that sunset date out to 2021 and would allow the A’s to purchase more parcels—at a cost of $7 million for 5 acres—for the construction of the ballpark.
The new agreement gives San Jose $100,000 over the next four years to hold the land, with three one-year extensions.
Nearly six years ago, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said he’d look into the move, but still has not made findings from a blue-ribbon committee public.
Tired of the wait, San Jose sued MLB last year, but lost the case in the lower court. The city can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which could drag the ordeal on for several more years.