— A’s president Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that he is “absolutely” confident the A’s will take a Ph.d. candidate to the Major League Baseball club in the fall of 2019, the same year that the A.L. West division title is awarded.
The A’s and the Orioles have been working on a possible deal since last year, when Dombucks said he was open to the idea.
The Orioles were also working on acquiring a Ph in 2018, when they were seeking a player with experience at a high level.
Dombuck said he has had some discussions with the A, Orioles and Phillies about the possibility of playing two players in a season, but he has not yet decided whether to make a move.
The 2018 A’s won their second World Series title in the past three seasons, and Dombuks decision comes a month after he said the A will not make a major-league offer to former teammate Brandon Moss this offseason.
The team announced last week that Moss had been traded to the Houston Astros.
The Athletics, who have struggled since Domboos arrival, have been without a right-handed starting pitcher in 2018 and have had to rely on a bullpen that includes left-handed reliever Mike Wright and right-hander Matt Albers.
The bullpen is also filled with right-handers who are either out of the majors or are out of options.
A’s general manager Billy Beane, a former scout for the White Sox, has been working hard to bolster the bullpen.
Domes plan for the A could be similar to how Beane tried to rebuild the A-ball team.
Doms A-League franchise will be named after his mother, who passed away in the spring of 2016.
The city of Concord, Calif., will also be renamed after Domes mother.
The Oakland Athletics are in the midst of a major rebuilding effort and are in search of an ownership group that could help them get back to the postseason for the first time since 2011.