Ray Ratto from Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area joined the show today to talk about his article regarding the Kings staying in Sacramento, as well as whether the A’s will stay in Oakland. Ray was skeptical about an “iron clad” deal for the Kings to get a new Entertainment and Sports Complex in Sacramento. He believes that when somebody says “iron clad,” it doesn’t always mean a guarantee, and that if somebody wants to find a loophole in the deal, they will.
Next, Grant asked Ray about the Golden State Warriors’ new ownership. Ray said that Joe Lacob is “too hands-on” for an owner, and that owners should stay out of the sports side of the team. He also discussed a possible deal with the Orlando Magic to obtain Dwight Howard. Ray said that a move for Dwight Howard involving Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry isn’t feasible because Howard doesn’t want to play for Golden State, and the Warriors can’t afford to give up what it would take to get Howard for only six-weeks.
Ray talked about what is going on with the A’s in Oakland. He believes that nothing will happen with the A’s in the short-term, because of the current mess going on with the New York Mets, and the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ray said that Major League Baseball has greater concerns than the A’s and Giants current battle over territorial rights to San Jose. He also said that that the A’s aren’t interesting and don’t appeal to Bay Area baseball fans because the ownership’s concerns aren’t with the product on the field, but with moving the team. However, Ray thinks the A’s will be fun to watch if Yoenis Cespedes, Manny Ramirez and Jemile Weeks can produce.
Finally, Ray and Grant discussed the San Francisco Giants, what to expect from them this season, and how high Ray is. Ray chalked up a lot of last year’s issues to bad luck and a World Series hangover. Season-ending injuries to Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez were especially damaging for the Giants because those were the two players the Giants could not replace. On top of that, Pablo Sandoval was the only player that improved for San Francisco, with everyone else staying even or getting drastically worse.