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Low payroll teams in playoffs -- or not

With the Rays punching their playoff ticket by taking out Texas in Monday's tiebreaker, three of the five teams with the lowest payrolls -- Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Oakland -- defied the odds to reach October while the biggest spender, the New York Yankees, are watching from home.

Then again, it can also be said that the teams with the two lowest Opening Day payrolls in the majors -- the Marlins and Astros -- got what they paid for and ended up with the two worst records. Each lost at least 100 games.

Here's a team-by-team look at Opening Day payrolls as compiled by the Associated Press (playoff teams in bold):

  1. New York Yankees — $228,995,945
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers — $216,302,909
  3. Philadelphia — $159,578,214
  4. Boston — $158,967,286
  5. Detroit — $149,046,844
  6. San Francisco — $142,180,333
  7. Los Angeles Angels — $142,165,250
  8. Texas — $127,197,575
  9. Chicago White Sox — $124,065,277
  10. Toronto — $118,244,039
  11. St. Louis — $116,702,085
  12. Washington — $112,431,770
  13. Cincinnati — $110,565,728
  14. Chicago Cubs — $104,150,726
  15. Baltimore — $91,793,333
  16. Milwaukee — $91,003,366
  17. Arizona — $90,158,500
  18. Atlanta — $89,288,193
  19. New York Mets — $88,877,033
  20. Seattle — $84,295,952
  21. Cleveland — $82,517,300
  22. Kansas City — $80,491,725
  23. Minnesota — $75,562,500
  24. Colorado — $75,449,071
  25. San Diego — $71,689,900
  26. Oakland — $68,577,000
  27. Pittsburgh — $66,289,524
  28. Tampa Bay — $57,030,272
  29. Miami — $39,621,900
  30. Houston — $24,328,538

The Marlins faced eight of the 10 playoff teams and performed about the way you'd expect, going 17-38 in those games: Atlanta (6-13), Tampa Bay (0-4), St. Louis (2-4), Pittsburgh (2-4), Cincinnati (1-6), Dodgers (2-5), Detroit (3-0) and Cleveland (1-2). They did not play Boston or Oakland.

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Once again, the Marlins are in the market for a new hitting coach. John Pierson, who took over as hitting coach when Tino Martinez resigned, has been reassigned to the minors.

Hitting coach has been a high turnover job for the Marlins in recent years. After the departure of Jim Presley, who served as hitting coach from 2006-10, John Mallee, Eduardo Perez, Martinez and Pierson have spun through the turnstile.

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