A Major League Baseball writer for USA Today has Tweeted that the Cubs will likely leave Mesa, Ariz., for Naples for spring training if Mesa does not come up with the money to keep them.
In his message posted on Twitter, Bob Nightengale said, "The Cubs likely will leave Mesa, Az. for Naples, Fla., for spring training barring the state of AZ coming up with unforeseen money."
Responding to news of the Tweet, Gary Price, a partner in Fifth Avenue Advisors, the group working with Esmark Inc. to bring the Cubs to Collier County for spring training, said he has not heard that the Cubs are any closer to a decision.
“Nothing has happened. And I have no date for when anything is going to happen,” Price said. “Pretty soon they are going to get together but I don’t know when they are going to make a final decision or public announcement. We have delivered everything to them to make the decision but I don’t have any control or insight. (Crane Kenney) hasn’t told me anything.”
Price feels Mesa and Naples are fairly evenly matched. A decision, he said, will come down to what the owners want for the future of the franchise.
“The beautiful thing is (each community) has equal strengths and equal hurdles,” Price said. Each of us has strengths and significant hurdles to overcome but I believe the decision is going to be based on where the future is and at some point that’s what the family is going to have to figure out.”
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