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MLB: These Are the 7 Most Valuable Teams in Baseball in 2019

The San Francisco Giants are one of the most valuable teams in MLB.

Baseball has never been more popular, and the team values in Major League Baseball are a great indicator of that fact. Attendance is incredibly high, while overall most salaries are actually flatlining in terms of value, leading to major profits for the sport’s most successful teams. Let’s take a look at the seven most valuable teams in MLB in 2019.

Baseball has never been more popular, and the team values in Major League Baseball are a great indicator of that fact. Attendance is incredibly high, while overall most salaries are actually flatlining in terms of value, leading to major profits for the sport’s most successful teams. Let’s take a look at the seven most valuable teams in MLB in 2019.

7. St. Louis Cardinals: $2.1 billion

The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the most valuable teams in MLB.
Loyal fans help make the Cardinals one of the most valuable teams. | Ed Zurga/Getty Images

2018 attendance: 3.40 million

2019 payroll: $164.3 million

St. Louis isn’t as big as any of the other cities on this list, but the Cardinals aren’t suffering because of it. It is still one of the greatest baseball towns in the country, and the Cards finished behind only New York and L.A. in MLB attendance last year. Much like the Cubs, the Cardinals garner support from their fans even if the team stumbles. They are ingrained in the culture of the city, which is a big part of why the franchise is so valuable.

6. New York Mets: $2.3 billion

2018 attendance: 2.22 million

2019 payroll: $158.4 million

The Mets may never be as popular as the Yankees. They may never have the history of the Yankees. They may never win the same number of championships as the Yankees. The Mets do share the same city, however, and that city happens to be the largest market in the U.S. The Mets have struggled since their 2015 World Series appearance, but they’ll always remain among the most valuable teams in baseball as long as they stay in New York.

5. San Francisco Giants: $3 billion

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2018 attendance: 3.15 million

2019 payroll: $178.2 million

The Giants are fifth overall in attendance. They also happen to play in one of the most economically successful areas of the country — Silicon Valley, which is why they are one of the most valuable teams in MLB. They haven’t been as quite as successful in recent years as they were when they won three World Series titles in five years from 2010 to 2014, but the Giants are still able to afford one of the league’s highest payrolls and are still valued at $3 billion.

4. Chicago Cubs: $3.1 billion

2018 attendance: 3.18 million

2019 payroll: $211.6 million

Before 2016, the Cubs were considered wildly popular group of lovable losers. They play in a stadium — Wrigley Field — that practically serves as a monument to baseball’s beginnings as one of the game’s oldest stadiums. The Cubs also play in the biggest media market outside of L.A. or New York. Even when they weren’t winning, the Cubs were a much beloved and valuable franchise. Since they won it all in 2016, their value has only gone up.

3. Boston Red Sox: $3.2 billion

2018 attendance: 2.89 million

2019 payroll: $224.6 million

The Red Sox have been downright dominant in the last 15 years with four championships. They’ve invested a lot of money to achieve that success (highest payroll in baseball this season), but it’s paid off by being one of the most valuable teams in baseball. Combine the payroll with the winning culture with the ninth-best attendance in MLB, and it’s no surprise to find the Red Sox among the most valuable franchises. They’ll never catch the rival Yankees in overall value, but they will always remain near the top.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers: $3.3 billion

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2018 attendance: 3.85 million

2019 payroll: $197.2 million

The Dodgers led the league in attendance last year. They’ve gone to two straight World Series. They also had the fourth-highest payroll. That doesn’t always correlate to success — plenty of teams make poor investment decisions that don’t lead to wins — but the Dodgers have been successful in recent years. Their location, record, and history put them near the top of baseball’s most valuable teams.

1. New York Yankees: $4.6 billion

2018 attendance: 3.48 million

2019 payroll: $208.5 million

In news that should surprise very few people, the most decorated franchise in baseball tops the list of the most valuable teams in MLB. The Yankees play in one of the biggest cities in the world. Their location alone makes them valuable (please refer to No. 6 on this list for further proof of that), but their recent success (a 2017 ALCS appearance and 2018 ALDS appearance) and rich history make them the clear favorite to remain the most valuable team in baseball for a long time. It doesn’t hurt that the team owns its own cable television channel, the YES Network.

Attendance figures courtesy of Baseball Reference. Salary figures courtesy of Spotrac.