As we wait to see when baseball’s free agent market finally gets churning — and how the A’s figure into that — here’s a few team-related items you might find interesting:
*The A’s have a new radio station, signing a one-year deal with KTRB Radio 860-AM for broadcasting rights to all 162 games for 2009. No longer should the voices of Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo go fuzzy from pitch to pitch. KTRB will provide a much clearer signal throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties than fans have enjoyed in seasons past, according to A’s VP of broadcasting and communications Ken Pries. Pries is hopeful of working out a long-term deal with KTRB eventually.
*Looks like the Tampa Bay Rays and outfielder/DH Pat Burrell have agreed to a two-year deal, and that seems to boost the chances of an A’s/Jason Giambi reunion. The Rays reportedly were also considering Giambi but may drop that pursuit now that they’ve acquired Burrell’s bat.
*Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has a story up discussing the A’s offseason strategy and what they hope to accomplish with it. Check it out here.