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MLB most valuable franchises 2020: New York Yankees No. 1, while Dodgers, Red Sox gain ground

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The New York Yankees are listed as the most valuable team in MLB heading into the 2020 season. Pic credit: MassLive/YouTube

The New York Yankees are one of the most recognizable franchises in all of sports. They are also one of the most valuable.

Yes, little did George Steinbrenner know that when he purchased the New York Yankees from CBS for $8.7 million back in 1973 that the empire he would help create would become one of the biggest in sports history.

Steinbrenner’s great investment

The team that has boasted legends throughout the decades has grown into the most profitable baseball franchise ever assembled.

From the likes of Babe Ruth, Micky Mantle, and Yogi Berra, to Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly and Derek Jeter, along with countless others, the Yankees have grown into the who’s who in MLB.

Now in 2020, that $8 million investment is looking like a steal as the Yankees have surpassed the $5 billion mark in value. Yes, that’s billion, with a B!

Yankees most valuable in MLB

It is incredible how much George Steinbrenner’s investment in the Bronx Bombers has multiplied into a vast fortune.

According to the New York Post, the Yankees are far and away the most valuable franchise in MLB, and they are the second most valued in all of sports.

Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are worth a whopping $5 billion in 2020, which is a nine percent increase over last season – and they are valued 47 percent higher than the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at $3.4 billion.

The Yankees are second among all sports franchises according to Forbes’ latest evaluations as they only trail the Dallas Cowboys who are listed at $5.5 billion.

While the Dodgers and Red Sox are ranked No. 2 and 3 respectively, they are far off the pace of the Yankees.

In all, incredibly 29 of the 30 MLB franchises are valued at $1 billion or more, and despite the COVID-19 stoppage, they are estimated to grow again in value this season.

The only team valued under the $1 billion mark is the Miami Marlins. However, they are still worth an estimated $980 million.

Twenty-three teams saw their estimated value increase over the last year with New York, Washington, and Baltimore leading the way. Only two teams, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins suffered a decrease in value following the 2019 season.

Below is a list of all 30 MLB teams in order of their estimated value.

  1. New York Yankees — $5 billion
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers — $3.4 billion
  3. Boston Red Sox — $3.3 billion
  4. Chicago Cubs — $3.2 billion
  5. San Francisco Giants — $3.1 billion
  6. New York Mets — $2.4 billion
  7. St Louis Cardinals — $2.2 billion
  8. Philadelphia Phillies — $2 billion
  9. Los Angeles Angels — $1.975 billion
  10. Washington Nationals — $1.9 billion
  11. Houston Astros — $1.85 billion
  12. Atlanta Braves — $1.8 billion
  13. Texas Rangers — $1.75 billion
  14. Chicago White Sox — $1.65 billion
  15. Toronto Blue Jays — $1.625 billion
  16. Seattle Mariners — $1.6 billion
  17. San Diego Padres — $1.45 billion
  18. Baltimore Orioles — $1.4 billion
  19. Minnesota Twins — $1.3 billion
  20. Arizona Diamondbacks — $1.29 billion
  21. Colorado Rockies — $1.27 billion
  22. Pittsburgh Pirates — $1.26 billion
  23. Detroit Tigers — $1.25 billion
  24. Milwaukee Brewers — $1.2 billion
  25. Cleveland Indians — $1.50 billion
  26. Oakland Athletics — $1.1 billion
  27. Cincinnati Reds — $1.075 billion
  28. Tampa Bay Rays — $1.50 billion
  29. Kansas City Royals — $1.25 billion
  30. Miami Marlins — $980 million