Major League Baseball franchise value by team in 2016 (in million U.S. dollars)

This graph depicts the franchise value of all Major League Baseball teams in 2016. The Houston Astros franchise was valued at 1,100 million U.S. dollars in 2016.


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 3,400
Los Angeles Dodgers 2,500
Boston Red Sox 2,300
San Francisco Giants 2,250
Chicago Cubs 2,200
New York Mets 1,650
St. Louis Cardinals 1,600
Los Ageles Angels 1,340
Washington Nationals 1,300
Philadelphia Phillies 1,235
Texas Rangers 1,225
Seattle Mariners 1,200
Atlanta Braves 1,175
Detroit Tigers 1,150
Houston Astros 1,100
Chicago White Sox 1,050
Baltimore Orioles 1,000
Pittsburgh Pirates 975
Arizona Diamondbacks 925
Minnesota Twins 910
Cincinnati Reds 905
Toronto Blue Jays 900
San Diego Padres 890
Milwaukee Brewers 875
Kansas City Royals 865
Colorado Rockies 860
Cleveland Indians 800
Oakland Athletics 725
Miami Marlins 675
Tampa Bay Rays 650
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