Mesa mayor: Search for Cubs spring training site wide open

Collier not giving up on Chicago Cubs

Owners say Cubs will stay in Mesa, ...

Potpourri of baseball, politics and fire trucks The Residents' Corner by Dave Trecker

Numerous sites in Mesa, including the west side and downtown, are back on the table as the Chicago Cubs seek a new spring-training home, Mayor Scott Smith said this week.

Speaking at his monthly media briefing, Smith said Mesa's offer to spend up to $84 million for a Cubs complex took the pressure off a July 12 deadline spelled out in an agreement between the team and Mesa earlier this year.

Mesa dug into its own pocket after the Legislature failed to overhaul finances for the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, which has spent tens of millions of dollars on new west-side baseball complexes and has no money to meet the Cubs' demands.

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