March 22, 2009

Cubs want Mesa training site updated

The Chicago Cubs have demanded that improvements be made to their spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz.

The National League team has an opt-out clause in its lease with Mesa looming and wants to replace the training facilities at Fitch Park. The Cubs also want more seats at Hohokam Stadium.

The Arizona Republic reported Sunday that modern training centers such as the one at Tempe are better-equipped for treatment of injured players.

Teams use practice fields for minor league spring training, Arizona rookie league games in summer and instructional league games in the fall.

We've enjoyed our time in Mesa, and they've done a good job for us here, Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney said recently. (But) we no longer have a facility commensurate with the type of team we have.

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said the Cubs have told his city they are being wooed by at least one Florida city.

The opt-out clause allows the team to leave in 2012 for $4.2 million. The lease runs until 2020.