Bloomberg Businessweek as part of its sports issue ranked the Florida Marlins No. 2 among the smartest spenders among all franchises in the four major sports over the last five years. The magazine used payroll data coupled with victory totals during that span to gauge who go the most bang for the buck. Only the Nashville Predators, who Businessweek said “stayed an average of $10 million below the NHL salary cap while having the fifth-best record in the league.”
Other baseball teams ranking high on Businessweek’s list: the Rays (No. 3), Pirates (No. 8), Padres (No. 9), Diamondbacks (No. 18) and Athletics (No. 25).
Revenue streams from the new ballpark will enable the Marlins to have higher payrolls, but team president David Samson said the club can’t afford to spend carelessly.
“To me, there’s one team that can afford to make mistakes,” Samson said. “There used to be two or three. I know think there’s one. There are examples of teams that have signed major free agents and not made th...