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Posted: Saturday, November 1, 2003 3:37 am | Updated: 1:25 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The Anaheim Angels have not chosen a spring-training site to replace Tempe Diablo Stadium but intend to remain in the Cactus League, team spokesman Tim Mead said Friday.

The Angels on Wednesday notified Tempe they intend to move their spring training home — which has been Diablo Stadium since 1993 — after 2007, or before if mutually acceptable.

“The mind-set on letting the city know early is in allowing them to prepare for the future as well,” Mead said.

The Angels cited a desire for “state-of-the-art facilities” in a letter to Tempe. The city was working on investing $10 million in Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Tempe officials said they couldn't comment on which teams might be interested in taking the Angels' place, though City Councilman Ben Arredondo said that Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf will meet with city officials on Monday.

However, Kansas City Royals president Dan Glass wrote an e-mail to Surprise on Friday denying reports that the team is interested in moving to Tempe.

Tempe spokeswoman Mary Fowler said she couldn't comment on any negotiations Tempe is planning to have with other teams.

"I am confident that the city of Tempe will attract another spring training baseball team, however at this point it's too early to speculate on which team that might be," she said.

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