As we've known for the past several years, the Oakland Athletics need a new ballpark and have been trying -- without success -- to get MLB to allow them to move to San Jose. The latest wrinkle in the saga is a plan that would keep them in Oakland.

The good news: There's a new stadium proposal for the A's at a site in Oakland, meaning all the hurdles of clearing any move through Major League Baseball would be totally unnecessary.

The bad news: A's owner Lew Wolff doesn't want to do it.

A group in the Oakland area has put together a proposal for a $500 million stadium that would be on the waterfront in Port of Oakland's Howard Terminal. Here's a depiction of the plan, via MANICA Architecture:

A beauty, no? A beautiful, yet impossible, dream, according to Wolff. From

To call Wolff skeptical of the Howard Terminal idea, however, would be an understatement. "It would be easier to build on Treasure Island," he told us.

"All I care about is getting a new home for the A's in the best possible circumstances -- and under any circumstances, Howard Terminal would be as close to impossible as anything," Wolff said.