Relocation to a different country?
One of the biggest goals for Major League Baseball is to expand their global outreach. What better way to do so than by having the A’s move to a different country?
Although Montreal is likely to get an expansion team, the city would not be a good destination for the Oakland A’s if MLB wants to keep them on the west coast. Vancouver, however, would be a great fit, especially as they have the third largest population based on market share in Canada. This would provide a viable foothold on the western side of the country, and potentially give the A’s a much larger market than they previously had.
Another possible option lays south of the border. The league has scheduled games in Monterrey over the years, with officials even saying that it is time to consider Mexico for a major league franchise. The A’s could be that team.
There are also logistical issues. The pandemic may not last forever, but it has hampered travel, with Canada still refusing to allow the Blue Jays to play in Toronto. The A’s would need to convince players to head to another country, and there would be exchange and tax issues to work out. But the potential of having a much larger market overall could be worth those headaches.
As unlikely as it may be, the Oakland A’s may not even remain in the United States at all. Heading to Canada or Mexico could be an option, as far fetched as it would seem.