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Milwaukee, Phoenix extend Maryvale Baseball Park lease for three years

Milwaukee BrewersThe Milwaukee Brewers and the city of Phoenix are extending the team’s spring-training lease at Maryvale Baseball Park for three years and will negotiate a new, longer agreement.

The three-year lease extension calls for $1.5 million in improvements immediately, and the two sides will discuss more improvements in further lease negotiations. The improvements will be centered in the clubhouse and workout areas.

“The facility and layout are fine, and our baseball people are happy,” said Brewers executive vice president Bob Quinn told the Arizona Republic. “We need some upgrades in the clubhouse and the weight rooms.”

The Brewers and the Oakland A’s are the only two teams training in Phoenix proper, but the A’s are negotiating with Mesa officials for a lease at HoHoKam Park once the Chicago Cubs depart for a new facility in 2014. One issue will be funding of any ballpark improvements at Maryvale Baseball Park: the city is in line to receive $6.7 million from Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, but that organization is facing funding shortfalls and may not have enough money to cover existing obligations. Mesa is funding the new Cubs facility on its own.

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