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Morning Mound Visit: A’s to explore relocation

A’s no longer contenders to be on the waterfront?; One Yankees coach tests positive; Tatís Jr. tests positive

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Jeff Passan | ESPN: MLB has directed the Oakland A’s to explore relocation after their plans to construct a ballpark at Howard Terminal have met myriad obstacles. The A’s lease at Oakland Coliseum expires at the end of the 2024 season, and A’s president Dave Kaval says that a new ballpark at Howard Terminal would open in 2027 at the earliest. If the A’s do move, Las Vegas is seen as the likeliest destination though Portland, OR, Nashville, Charlotte, Montreal, and Vancouver would all be under consideration.

Andrew Mearns | Pinstripe Alley: Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Nevin, and the entire Yankees coaching staff, have been vaccinated but breakthrough positives are to be expected. Other coaches with close contact to Nevin were kept out of Tuesday’s game out of an abundance of caution.

AJ Cassavell | MLB.com: Fernando Tatís Jr. tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday and was placed on the IL along with Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo. Tatís is asymptomatic, and at the time of writing, Profar and Mateo had not tested positive.

Quick Hits

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