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The 20 Richest MLB Teams

Who are the richest MLB teams in the world? 

The baseball teams featured within this article are the richest on the planet, and continue to increase in price, with valuations as high as $5 billion! 

You won’t be surprised to see who tops the list; however, you may be surprised to see which other MLB teams made the top 20. 

So, without further ado, here’s a list of the 20 richest baseball teams. 

 

The 20 Richest MLB Teams

This list of richest MLB teams and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as Forbes & CBS Sports

These are the 20 richest MLB teams:

 

20. Arizona Diamondbacks

Richest Baseball Teams - Arizona Diamondbacks

Value: $1.29 Billion

Kicking off our list of the richest MLB teams are the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Valued at $1.29 billion, they’re the twentieth richest MLB team in the world.

Established in 1998, they’ve been affiliated with the National League and West Division ever since. They’re owned by and by Ken Kendrik and managed by Tory Lovullo and Mike Hazen. 

Since their inception, the Arizona Diamondbacks have won a World Series, one NL Pennants, one Wild card berth, and five West division titles.

Their home games are played in Chase Field, Arizona, and they’re also referred to as “The D-backs,” “The Snakes, and or “The Rattle Snakes.”

 

19. Minnesota Twins

Richest Baseball Teams - Minnesota Twins

Value: $1.3 Billion

The Minnesota Twins are an American professional baseball team from Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

They were established in Washington, DC, in 1901 and have been based in Minnesota since 1961. 

The team has competed in Major League Baseball (MLB), as a member of the American League, since 1901, Central Division since 1994, and the West Divison since 1969. 

The Minnesota Twins are owned by Jim Pohlad, managed by Rocco Baldelli, and operated by Derek Falvey. 

Their record includes three World Series titles, six Al Pennants, eleven West/Central division titles, and one Wild card berth. 

 

18. Baltimore Orioles

Richest Baseball Teams - Baltimore Orioles

Value: $1.4 Billion

The Baltimore Orioles, or “The O’s” as they’re often referred to as are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. 

They’re members of the American League (AL) East division and were established in 1901. 

Some of their Major League titles include three World Series, seven AL Pennants, nine East division titles, and three Wild card berths. 

The team is owned by American trial Lawyer, Peter Angelos, and managed and operated by Brandon Hyde & Mike Elias. 

Their name was selected in honor of the official state bird of Maryland

 

17. San Diego Padres

Richest Baseball Teams - San Diego Padres

Value: $5 Billion

The San Diego Padres are the seventeenth richest baseball team in the world. 

They were established in 1969 and have been a member club of the National League (NL) West Division, competing in Major League Baseball since their inception. 

Up until 2018, they had amassed fourteen winning seasons and are one of two MLB teams to originate from the state of California. 

Ron Fowler is the executive chairman of the San Diego Padres, and the team is managed and operated by Jayce Tingler and A.J. Preller. 

The team is also commonly referred to as “The Friars” and or “The Pads.” 

 

16. Seattle Mariners

Richest Baseball Teams - Seattle Mariners

Value: $1.6 Billion

Next up, are the Washington-based professional MLB team, the Seattle Mariners. 

The team was established in 1977 and has been affiliated with Major League AL and West Division ever since. 

T-Mobile Park is their home ballpark, which is located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle. 

The club is represented by CEO, John Stanton, and managed by Scott Servais and Jerry Dipoto. 

The Marines are one of six Major League Baseball teams that have not managed to win a World Series yet and are the only team in the MLB to have never played in World Series.

 

15. Toronto Blue Jays

Richest Baseball Teams - Toronto Blue Jays

Value: $1.62 Billion

The Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team from Toronto, Ontario. 

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They were established in 1977 and have been affiliated with the American League and East Division since their inception. 

Their home games are played at Rogers Centre, a multi-purpose stadium in Downtown Toronto, Canada. 

The Blue Jays were the second MLB team to be based outside of the United States, and are currently the only one. 

Some of their Major league titles include two World Series, two AL Pennants, six East division titles, and one Wild card berth. 

The club is owned by Canadian communications and media company, Rogers Communications, and managed and operated by Ross Atkins & Mark Shapiro. 

 

14. Chicago White Sox

Richest Baseball Teams - Chicago White Sox

Value: $1.65 Billion

The Chicago White Sox is a professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois, and was established in 1900. 

The team competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) Central division. 

“The Sox,” as they’re often referred to as, have won three World Series titles, six AL Pennants, three Central Division titles, and two West Division titles to date. 

The club is owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, managed by Rick Renteria and Rick Hahn, and operated by Kenny Williams. 

After moving ballparks twice since their inception, the White Sox now play all their home games from Guaranteed Rate Field, located in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. 

 

13. Texas Rangers

Richest Baseball Teams - Texas Rangers

Value: $1.75 Billion

The Texas Rangers are the next richest Major League Baseball team in the world. 

Based out of Arlington, Texas, and located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the Rangers compete in the MLB as a member of the American League (AL) West division. 

They were established in 1961 and have been playing games from Arlington since 1972. 

The club is owned by Rangers Baseball Express, LLC, chaired by Ray Davis and Bob Simpson, and managed by Chirs Woodward & Jon Daniels.

In 2020, the team is moving to the new Glod Life Field, after almost twenty-five years at Global Life Park in Arlington. 

To date, the team has won two AL Pennant series, seven West Division titles, and one Wild Card berth. 

 

12. Atlanta Braves

Richest MLB Teams - Atlanta Braves

Value: $1.8 Billion

The twelfth richest Major League Baseball team in the world is the Atlanta Braves. 

The team was established in 1871 and has been based in Atlanta since 1966, where they played home games at the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

“The Braves” were one of the most successful teams in baseball from 1991 to 2005, winning division titles fourteen consecutive times.

Altogether, they’ve won three World Series, seventeen NL Pennants, fourteen East Division titles, five West Divison titles, and two Wild Card Berths. 

Currently, the team is owned by Liberty Media, managed by Brian Snitker, and operated by Alex Anthopoulos. 

Team nicknames include “The Bravos,” “The Team of the 90s”, and “America’s Team.” 

 

11. Houston Astros

Richest MLB Teams - Houston Astros

Value: $1.85 Billion

The Houston Astros are the next richest Major League Baseball team in the world. 

They were established in 1962 and have been a member club of the American League (AL) West division since 2013, coming from fifty-one seasons in the National League (NL). 

Their record includes one World Series title, two AL Pennants, one NL Pennant, four NL Central Division titles, three AL Central Division titles, two NL West Division titles, and three Wild Card berths. 

The Houston Astors are owned by businessman, Jim Crance, and managed by Dusty Baker and James Click. 

With a valuation of $1.85 billion, they’re the eleventh richest MLB team in the world. 

 

10. Washington Nationals

Richest MLB Teams - Washington Nationals

Value: $1.9 Billion

Kicking off our top ten are the Washington Nationals. 

This American professional baseball team, based in Washington, DC, was established in 1969 and has been a member of the National League (NL) East Divison since. 

Their record includes one World Series title, one NL Pennant, five East Divison titles, and one Wild Card berth. 

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The club is owned by Mark Lerner and managed and operated by Mike Rizzo. 

In 2008, the Washington Nationals moved to their new home stadium: Nationals Park. And, are the eighth major league franchise to be based in Washington DC.

 

9. Los Angeles Angels

Richest MLB Teams - Los Angeles Angels

 Value: $1.97 Billion

With a valuation of $1.97 billion, the Los Angeles Angels are the ninth richest Baseball MLB team in the world. 

They were established in 1961 and have been competing in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West Divison since 1969. 

Angel Stadium is their current home ground, and they’ve won a total of four Major League titles to date. 

The club is owned by American businessman, Arte Moreno, managed by Joe Maddon and Billy Eppler, and operated by John Carpino. 

 

8. Philadelphia Phillies

Richest MLB Teams - Philadelphia Phillies

Value: $2 Billion

The Philadelphia Phillies are a professional baseball team out of Philadelphia. 

They were established in 1883 and compete in the MLB as a member of the National League (NL) East division. 

Their home stadium is Citizens Bank Park, located in South Philadelphia, and they’re the oldest, continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in American professional sports. 

The club is owned by Phillies Limited Partnership, managed by Joe Girardi and Matt Klentak, and operated by Andy MacPhail. 

Their record includes two World Series titles, seven NL Pennants, and eleven East Division titles. 

 

7. St. Louis Cardinals

Richest MLB Teams - St Louis Cardinals

Value: $2.2 Billion

Coming in at number seven are the American professional baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. 

The team was established in 1882 and has been competing in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division since 1892 and 1994. 

They’re considered to be one of the nation’s oldest and most successful professional baseball clubs in the league and have an impressive record to match. 

This includes eleven World Series titles, nineteen NL Pennants, four AA Pennants, eleven Central Divison titles, three East Division titles, and three Wild card berths. 

The club is owned by William DeWitt Jr., managed by Mike Shildt and Mike Girsch, and operated by John Mozeliak. 

 

6. New York Mets

Richest MLB Teams - New York Mets

Value: $2.4 Billion

The New York Mets were established in 1962 and have been affiliated with the National League and East Division since 1962 and 1969. 

They’re one of two Major League baseball teams coming out of New York City, the other being the New York Yankees. 

Some of the Major League titles the club has won include two World Series, five NL Pennants, six East division titles, and three wild berths. 

American real estate developer, Fred Wilpon, and several other investors own the Mets, while Luis Rojas, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Saul Katz manage and operate it on a day to day basis. 

At the end of the 2019 season, the New York Mets had an overall win-loss record of 4448-4808, which works out to be a .481 win percentage. 

 

5. San Francisco Giants

Richest MLB Teams - San Fransisco Giants

Value: $3.1 Billion

The San Francisco Giants are the richest MLB team in the world. 

Based out of San Francisco, California, the Giants were established in 1883 and have been competing in Major League Baseball (MLB), as a member club of the National League (NL) West division, since 1969. 

Originally founded as the “New York Gothams,” the club was renamed three years later to the New York Giants and moved to San Francisco in 1958. 

The Giants are one of the longest established and most successful professional baseball teams in the MLB. They have won the most amount of games in the history of American baseball. 

Some of their Major league titles include eight World Series, twenty-three NL Pennants, eight West Division titles, and three Wild Card berths. 

The club is owned by San Francisco Baseball Associaets LLC, managed by Gabe Kapler and Scott Harris, and operated by Farhan Zaidi. 

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4. Chicago Cubs

Richest MLB Teams - Chicago Cubs

Value: $3.2 Billion

The Chicago Cubs are an American Professional baseball team out of Chicago, Illinois. 

They’ve been competing in Major League (MLB) Baseball, as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division, since 1994, and were established in 1876. 

Their home games are played at Wrigley Field, which is located on the city’s North Side. 

“The Cubbies,” as fans often call them, have three World Series titles, seventeen NL Pennants, five Central Division titles, two East Division titles, and three Wild card berths to their name. 

They’ve appeared in eleven World Series and were the first major league team to play in three consecutive World Series, and the first to win it twice. 

 

3. Boston Red Sox

Richest MLB Teams - Boston Red Socks

Value: $3.3 Billion

The third richest MLB team in the world is the Boston Red Sox.

The team was established in 1901 and has always been based in Boston. 

They’ve been affiliated with the American League (AL) since 1901 and the East Division since 1969. 

Out of fourteen World Series championships, the Boston Red Sox have won nine, with their most recent win being in 2018.

As well as the world series, they’ve also won fourteen AL Pennants, ten East Division titles, and seven Wild Card berths. 

The Red Sox are owned by Fenway Sports Group, managed by Ron Roenicke and Brian O’Halloran, and operated by Chaim Bloom. 

 

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

Richest MLB Teams - Los Angeles Dodgers

Value: $3.4 Billion

With a valuation of almost $3.4 billion, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the second richest MLB team in the world.

They’re based out of Los Angeles, California, and were established in 1883. 

A member club of the National League (NL) West Division since 1969, the Lost Angeles Dodgers have been competing in Major League baseball since their inception. 

They relocated to Los Angeles from the New York City borough of Brooklyn and now have six World Series titles to their name.

On top of those titles, they’ve also won twenty-three NL Pennants, one AA pennant, eighteen West Division titles, and two Wild Card berths. 

The club is owned by Guggenheim Baseball Management, managed by Dave Roberts and operated by Andrew Friedman. 

 

1. New York Yankees

Richest MLB Teams - New York Yankees

Value: $5 Billion

The New York Yankees are the richest MLB team in the world. 

This professional American baseball team is based in the New York City borough of the Bronx and was established in 1901. 

The Yankees have been affiliated with American League (AL) since their inception and the East Division since 1969. 

They’re the second major league club to be based in New York City, the other being the New York Mets, and are often called “The Bronx Bombers,” The Yanks,” “The Pinstripes,” and “The Evil Empire.” 

Regularly cited as the most successful professional sports team in the United States, the New York Yankees have won nineteen American League East Division titles, 40 American League pennants, and twenty-seven World Series championships, which are all MLB records.

The Yankees are owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, managed by Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman, and operated by Randy Levine. 

 

Summary

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 20 richest MLB teams. 

The top three weren’t surprising to us at all, as they’re always winning MLB titles, so they’ll be rolling in cash. 

However, some of the baseball teams outside the top three were a little surprising, like the Mets, with a $2.4 billion valuation! 

Here’s a quick recap of the 20 richest MLB teams:

  1. New York Yankees
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Boston Red Sox
  4. Chicago Cubs
  5. San Francisco Giants
  6. New York Mets
  7. St Louis Cardinals
  8. Philadelphia Phillies
  9. Los Angeles Angels
  10. Washington Nationals
  11. Houston Astros
  12. Atlanta Braves
  13. Texas Rangers
  14. Chicago White Sox
  15. Toronto Blue Jays
  16. Seattle Mariners
  17. San Diego Padres
  18. Baltimore Orioles
  19. Minnesota Twins
  20. Arizona Diamondbacks

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Matt McIntyre is a digital marketing consultant and certified marketing strategist. When he's not talking about business or marketing, you'll find him in the gym.

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