This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.AutoZone Park. The City would then lease the ballpark to the Redbirds through a long-term lease agreement. The agreement reportedly includes a large financial investment into improvements at the park. It is not clear how much this will cost Memphis taxpayers and many detractors question the city getting into the ballpark business. Mayor A C Wharton, who couldn’t give a ball park figure for how much it may cost, said the news threw him for a curve. “It’s a bit premature because I have not received a contract. Not even a draft quite frankly,” said Wharton. Councilwoman Wanda Halbert balked at the mayor’s claim not to know anything. “I would be very surprised why the Cardinals or the Redbirds would come out and talk about this kind of venture without someone in city government knowing about it,” said Halbert. She said if there is a deal in the works council is being left in the dugout. “I have not heard anything other than what’s been on television so the mayor has not stared the details of what that is. I’m a little disappointed,” said Halbert. They mayor says talks have been going on for a long time but he wants to determine how it would financially impact the entire city before making a definite decision. The Memphis City Council must approve the deal by December 31.