Major League Baseball franchise value by team in 2018 (in million U.S. dollars)

Franchise value of Major League Baseball teams 2018 This graph depicts the franchise value of all Major League Baseball teams in 2018. The Houston Astros franchise was valued at 1.65 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.
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 9.46 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, an average of 315.33 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 2018 edition of MLB team valuations, Forbes estimates the average franchise value at 1.65 billion U.S. dollars. The Tampa Bay Rays were the least valuable franchise with a value of 900 million U.S. dollars. The New York Yankees, on the other hand, were the most valuable franchise with a value of 4 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.

Compared to the other major sports leagues in North America (NFL, NBA and NHL), Major League Baseball teams are worth the third-most on average. Teams of the National Football League are the most valuable with an average franchise value of about 2.52 billion U.S. dollars. NBA franchises are worth 1.65 billion U.S. dollars on average while teams of the National Hockey League are ascribed an average value of 594 million U.S. dollars.
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Franchise value in million U.S. dollars
New York Yankees 4,000
Los Angeles Dodgers 3,000
Chicago Cubs 2,900
San Francisco Giants 2,850
Boston Red Sox 2,800
New York Mets 2,100
St. Louis Cardinals 1,900
Los Ageles Angels 1,800
Philadelphia Phillies 1,700
Washington Nationals 1,675
Houston Astros 1,650
Atlanta Braves 1,625
Texas Rangers 1,600
Chicago White Sox 1,500
Seattle Mariners 1,450
Toronto Blue Jays 1,350
San Diego Padres 1,270
Pittsburgh Pirates 1,260
Detroit Tigers 1,225
Arizona Diamondbacks 1,210
Baltimore Orioles 1,200
Minnesota Twins 1,150
Colorado Rockies 1,100
Cleveland Indians 1,045
Milwaukee Brewers 1,030
Oakland Athletics 1,020
Kansas City Royals 1,015
Cincinnati Reds 1,010
Miami Marlins 1,000
Tampa Bay Rays 900
Franchise value in million U.S. dollars
New York Yankees 4,000
Los Angeles Dodgers 3,000
Chicago Cubs 2,900
San Francisco Giants 2,850
Boston Red Sox 2,800
New York Mets 2,100
St. Louis Cardinals 1,900
Los Ageles Angels 1,800
Philadelphia Phillies 1,700
Washington Nationals 1,675
Houston Astros 1,650
Atlanta Braves 1,625
Texas Rangers 1,600
Chicago White Sox 1,500
Seattle Mariners 1,450
Toronto Blue Jays 1,350
San Diego Padres 1,270
Pittsburgh Pirates 1,260
Detroit Tigers 1,225
Arizona Diamondbacks 1,210
Baltimore Orioles 1,200
Minnesota Twins 1,150
Colorado Rockies 1,100
Cleveland Indians 1,045
Milwaukee Brewers 1,030
Oakland Athletics 1,020
Kansas City Royals 1,015
Cincinnati Reds 1,010
Miami Marlins 1,000
Tampa Bay Rays 900
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This graph depicts the franchise value of all Major League Baseball teams in 2018. The Houston Astros franchise was valued at 1.65 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.
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 9.46 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, an average of 315.33 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 2018 edition of MLB team valuations, Forbes estimates the average franchise value at 1.65 billion U.S. dollars. The Tampa Bay Rays were the least valuable franchise with a value of 900 million U.S. dollars. The New York Yankees, on the other hand, were the most valuable franchise with a value of 4 billion U.S. dollars in 2018.

Compared to the other major sports leagues in North America (NFL, NBA and NHL), Major League Baseball teams are worth the third-most on average. Teams of the National Football League are the most valuable with an average franchise value of about 2.52 billion U.S. dollars. NBA franchises are worth 1.65 billion U.S. dollars on average while teams of the National Hockey League are ascribed an average value of 594 million U.S. dollars.
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April 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2018

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