$1.5B Yanks MLB's Most Valuable Team

Marlins come bottom in latest ranking of baseball's MVTs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2009 8:56 AM CDT
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws in the first inning of the first regular season baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yanks' value is up 15% from last year.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – The New York Yankees' $1.5 billion valuation lands them solidly in the top spot in the Forbes ranking of baseball's most valuable teams. The crosstown Mets came second, trailing by almost $600 million. The Yanks, however, were one of only two teams to lose money last season, dropping $3.7 million. The Detroit Tigers lost a whopping $26.3 million.

Ten teams saw their value fall from a year ago, with the Washington Nationals—down 12%—suffering the biggest plunge. The other 8 most valuable teams:

  • Boston Red Sox (current value $833 million)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers ($722 million)
  • Chicago Cubs ($700 million)
  • Los Angeles Angels ($509 million)
  • Philadelphia Phillies ($496 million)
  • St. Louis Cardinals ($486 million)
  • San Francisco Giants ($471 million)
  • Chicago White Sox ($450 million)
To see the complete breakdowns, click the link below.