Jeffrey Loria closed his purchase of the Florida Marlins on Saturday and, in the process, fired 60 of the club's employees.

During the final hours of negotiations to finalize the sale, the player development staff was fired, including scouts, administrators and minor-league managers and coaches.

The move, which had been anticipated, allows the new ownership to bring in about 50 employees from the Montreal Expos, the team Loria had owned since 1999.

"We haven't laid off anybody," said new Marlins president David Samson, who is among those making the move from the Expos. "In this transaction, all we're guilty of is being loyal to our employees that we have [in Montreal]," he told The Associated Press.

Loria is keeping most of the Marlins' business employees. Also staying are former major-league stars Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, who are special assistants to the general manager.

On Tuesday, major-league owners approved Loria's $158.5 million US purchase of the Marlins.