CHICAGO -- According to a story in the Arizona Republic regarding the Cubs and Arizona State University sharing use of the team's new Spring Training complex in Mesa, Ariz., ASU president Michael Crow sent Mesa Mayor Scott Smith an email suggesting that the Cubs are being "erratic" and "not people of their word" in negotiating the stadium deal.
The university wants to redevelop the site of the team's current facility, Packard Stadium, where ASU has played baseball since 1974. The Arizona Board of Regents approved the stadium-sharing idea last October.
Julian Green, Cubs vice president, communications and community affairs, released a statement on Saturday, saying they hope to work together.
"The Cubs very much hope ASU will be part of the new Spring Training facility," the statement said. "Our first priority, however, is building a world-class facility for use by the Cubs year-round. This is what Mesa voters approved by referendum and what is at the core of our Spring Training development. We were able to reach an agreement with Mesa, which benefits the Cubs and Mesa, and we hope an agreement can be reached with ASU."
Crow states in his email that the Cubs "have all but told us that they want us out of the deal."
Mesa voters approved the stadium in November 2010. The city will spend $84 million on baseball facilities and $15 million on related infrastructure.
The Cubs have a July 11 groundbreaking scheduled on the former site of the Riverview Golf Course, which is west of the team's current location at Fitch Park and HoHoKam Stadium.