12/17 Spring training update

A delegation intent on keeping the Cubs’ Spring Training site in Mesa, Ariz., was headed to Chicago Thursday to meet with the team’s management. The East Valley (Ariz.) Tribune reported that the Arizona contingent needs the Cubs to identify one or two potential sites so Mesa officials can work with landowners and develop a more specific financial plan.

The delegation was to include Mesa city manager Chris Brady, deputy city manager Bryan Raines and economic development director Bill Jabjiniak. They were expected to meet on Friday in Chicago.

“We’ve traded ideas and some details and hope that by going to Chicago we can tie down some of those details,” Mesa mayor Scott Smith told the Tribune.

— Carrie Muskat

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This is very interesting. I would think that something like this would have been part of the proposal for which ever sites are on the table for Arizona already.

I don’t have a preference for Arizona or Florida, personally. However, I’m really curious to know if going through this activing is based on feedback from the Ricketts family, does it hurt AZ’s chances by not tying down these details sooner, or perhaps they are supplementing an already stable plan.

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