D-backs tell Tucson they're leaving after 2010

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UPDATE: Team president Derrick Hall is in Seattle where the Diamondbacks are playing. Hall exchanged text messages with 3TV's Brad Cesmat. He said there are less than five municipalities in the running here in the Valley for the teams spring training and they would likely share a facility with another franchise.

Wild Horse Pass off the I-10 has been talked about as a front runner.

Cesmat said it is unlikely the Diamondbacks would share a facility with divisional opponent Colorado. He added that the Cubs, unhappy in their situation with Mesa, could be a possibility.

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have told Tucson and Pima County officials that they will move their spring training base out of Tucson Electric Park after 2010.

The move came after the Colorado Rockies disclosed that they would move from Hi Corbett Field, leaving the Diamondbacks as the only major league team in Tucson.

The Diamondbacks have wintered in Tucson since their inception in 1998, but have been searching for a new spring training site in the Phoenix area.

The Chicago White Sox moved their spring training base to the Phoenix area this year. The Rockies and Diamondbacks both have clauses in their leases enabling the teams to leave Tucson unless there are at least three major league teams located in the city for spring training.