I got the inside scoop from a local Q&A with Lew Wolf in Beverly Hills tonight. The A's are indeed going after the Rays pitcher, what is not news is so are a lot of teams. It sounds as if Oakland has a legitimate chance however, and are willing to increase payroll for an elite pitcher.
Also in Lew's words he'll be in a wheel barrow before the stadium gets built…and Jean Quan is the laughing stock of the clubhouse (rightfully so). Very fun evening, Lew was an engaging person and seemed very genuine.