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Cubs Closing in On Deal to Stay in Mesa
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs are closing in on an agreement to keep their spring training home in Mesa, Ariz., for the next 25 years after the city proposed building an $84 million facility that would include a 15,000-seat ballpark.

The Cubs received the proposal Thursday, and a decision is expected by the end of the month.

"The Cubs are interested in reading through Mesa's proposal and having our board take it under review," the team said.

A group in Naples, Fla., tried to lure the Cubs, but a move from Arizona, their spring home for most of the past six decades, appears unlikely.

Under the proposed deal with Mesa, the team will manage the stadium, have naming rights and control of signage. The Cubs won't have to share the facility.

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