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Mesa tightens purse strings as Cubs stay silent on Spring Training

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A Chicago Cub takes some batting practice at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., in 2003.

Mesa has heard the Cubs silence on watch the team's Spring Training plans entail - and where they will eventually end up. And the Arizona home of the team is holding onto plans for batting cage upgrades until the future becomes a bit more clear.

Mesa is refusing to upgrade batting cages at a ballpark used by the Chicago Cubs unless the team enters more serious negotiations to keep spring training in the city. Mesa was about to sign off on about $684,000 for semi-enclosed batting cages at Fitch Park, but decided Thursday to hold off until top city officials meet with Cubs executives Friday in Chicago.

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said he expected the Cubs would welcome improvements,, according to the East Valley Tribune, especially since the team has proclaimed Fitch and HoHoKam Park to be inadequate and outdated facilities.

"The silence that came out of Chicago and the Cubs was deafening," Smith said.

Smith says Mesa wants to know where it stands as the team considers leaving Arizona in light of a bid from Naples, Fla., to take the Cubs away.

The Cubs, for their part, are scheduled to make a decision on location in January.

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