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A lousy record and disappointing attendance didn’t help, either. Despite a free-agent spending spree a year ago, the Marlins finished last in the NL East at 69-93, their worst record since 1999. They drew more than 2.2 million fans but had projected attendance of nearly 3 million.

Under Loria, the Marlins have usually been among baseball’s thriftiest teams. With revenue falling short of projections this year, the spending binge of last offseason is unlikely to be repeated.

Budget constraints will make it difficult to upgrade a team that batted .244, the worst average in franchise history. The Marlins scored the fewest runs per game since their first year in 1993.

In the Marlins’ 20 seasons they have reached the postseason only twice, as wild-card teams in 1997 and 2003. Both times they won the World Series.