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Florida Marlins explain small payroll

Updated: August 23, 2010, 10:49 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins made big profits with baseball's smallest player payroll in 2008-09, and team president David Samson says the income was needed to ensure being able to borrow money for a new ballpark.

Team financial statements acquired by Deadspin.com show the Marlins netted $49 million during the two seasons, with operating income of $37.8 million in 2008 and $11.1 million in 2009. Samson didn't dispute the figures during a conference call Monday.

"It was critical for ...

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