With the recent search for a new stadium, is there any sentiment that the A's might be bulking up with one year contracts just as a way to leverage relocation?
I stopped following baseball for several years, and recently picked it back up. I may be out of the loop, however, I would like to see them put together a serious project with more than prospects and one that will last for more than a year. Perhaps they could move recently acquired Cabrera to Florida in a package for Hanley Ramirez. It's a bit of a stretch to imagine they would bring him in, however, with a little development in the bullpen they could be a solid contender with a couple of bats over the next couple years. Ramirez and Holliday as the anchors in a lineup for 3-4 years? That would bolster ticket and merchandise sales enough to get you some leverage on a stadium relocation...
[Edit] Perhaps, I should rephrase this question to redirect the flow of conversation.
Do you think the organization's current search for a new ballpark will be reflected in more uncharacteristic signings? (eg. Who REALLY thought that they were going to see Holliday in an A's uniform at all, even if it is widely considered short term?) AND does this mean they would go after someone like Ramirez (or any other high profile player via trade) to help get them relocate?