Major League Baseball: franchise value by team in 2015 (in million U.S. dollars)

This graph depicts the franchise value of all Major League Baseball teams in 2015. The Houston Astros franchise was valued at 800 million U.S. dollars in 2015.

Major League Baseball franchise value

The North American professional baseball league Major League Baseball (MLB) consists of 30 teams that are grouped into two leagues, the National League and the American League. The overall revenue of the league was at 7.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, an average of 237 million U.S. dollars per team. League-wide revenue has almost doubled over the past ten years leading to an increase in the valuation of MLB franchises.

In 2004, franchises in Major League Baseball had an estimated value of 295 million U.S. dollars on average according to Forbes. In its 2014 edition of MLB team valuations, Forbes estimates the average franchise value at 811 million U.S. dollars, more than 2.5 times as high as in 2004. The Tampa Bay Rays were the least valuable franchise with a value of 485 million U.S. dollars. The New York Yankees, on the other hand, were the most valuable franchise with a value of 2.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2014.

Compared to the other major sports leagues in North America (NFL, NBA and NHL), Major League Baseball teams are worth the second-most on average. Teams of the National Football League are the most valuable with an average franchise value of about 1.17 billion U.S. dollars. NBA franchises are worth 509 million U.S. dollars on average while teams of the National Hockey League are ascribed an average value of 282 million U.S. dollars.

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 Franchise value in million U.S. dollars
New York Yankees 3,200
Los Angeles Dodgers 2,400
Boston Red Sox 2,100
San Francisco Giants 2,000
Chicago Cubs 1,800
St. Louis Cardinals 1,400
New York Mets 1,350
Los Ageles Angels 1,300
Washington Nationals 1,280
Philadelphia Phillies 1,250
Texas Rangers 1,220
Atlanta Braves 1,150
Detroit Tigers 1,125
Seattle Mariners 1,100
Baltimore Orioles 1,000
Chicago White Sox 975
Pittsburgh Pirates 900
Minnesota Twins 895
San Diego Padres 890
Cincinnati Reds 885
Milwaukee Brewers 875
Toronto Blue Jays 870
Colorado Rockies 855
Arizona Diamondbacks 840
Cleveland Indians 825
Houston Astros 800
Oakland Athletics 725
Kansas City Royals 700
Miami Marlin 650
Tampa Bay Rays 605
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