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Forbes released its annual list of valuations for the 30 teams in the MLB. For the first time ever in the history of baseball (and just the second time in North American Sports history) a team was valued north of $3 billion. The average team is worth about $1.2 billion. Find out which team tops the list and where the rest fall in place.
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10. Philadelphia Phillies

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10. Philadelphia Phillies

Team Value: $1.25 billion
Revenue: $265 million
They may be in the midst of a rather historic downturn (they did just win a World Series like 7 years ago and were in another one the following year), but the Phils capitalized on their local popularity when it was an all-time high to ink a 25-year TV deal with Comcast SportsNet. The deal kicks in next year and is worth more than $5 billion.
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9. Washington Nationals

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9. Washington Nationals

Team Value: $1.28 billion
Revenue: $287 million
For what seems like the third year in a row now, the Nationals have been labeled favorites to win the World Series. They haven’t lived up to those expectations as of yet (going oh-for in the Divisional Series), but have built quite the foundation in just over a decade since moving to the Nation’s capital.
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8. LA Angels of Anaheim

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8. LA Angels of Anaheim

Team Value: $1.3 billion
Revenue: $304 million
The Angels, who failed to come to terms with the city of Anaheim on a new stadium deal, are looking elsewhere (in the area), and could find themselves in new digs by 2020. The ballpark, which may end up in nearby Riverside, would pull the Angels out of Anaheim for the first time in over 50 years.
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7. New York Mets

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7. New York Mets

Team Value: $1.35 billion
Revenue: $263 million
This one’s baffling. The Met’s, who in 2014 posted their sixth-consecutive losing season, also managed to land the league’s third-largest average local television audience. I guess that shows how faithful Mets fans are?
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6. St. Louis Cardinals

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6. St. Louis Cardinals

Team Value: $1.4 billion
Revenue: $294 million
If you’re not going to consistently win championships like the Giants, you might as well be consistently successful. That’s what the Cardinals, who have just one losing season in the past 15 years (which includes 11 postseason trips), have done. They captured two World Series crowns in that span to boot.
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5. Chicago Cubs

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5. Chicago Cubs

Team Value: $1.8 billion
Revenue: $73.3 million
Proof that you don’t have to be successful to be, well, successful. The Cubs have been one of the worst franchises (statistically) over the past several years, but they still crack the top-10 here. The valuation comes from the $150 million the Ricketts family raised in equity by selling a minority interest in the team. That money is going towards the renovation of Wrigley Field.
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4. San Francisco Giants

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4. San Francisco Giants

Team Value: $2 billion
Revenue: $387 million
One sure way to help make yourselves one of the most valuable teams in your respective sport? Win three championships in five years. That’s exactly what these Giants have done, making them the third-most profitable team in baseball last year.
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3. Boston Red Sox

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3. Boston Red Sox

Team Value: $2.1 billion
Revenue: $370 million
Must be nice when, after finishing last in the AL East in 2014, Boston could rely on its massive budget to bring in two free agents (Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval) on contracts totaling over $180 million.
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2. LA Dodgers

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2. LA Dodgers

Team Value: $2.4 billion
Revenue: $403 million
The second most valuable team in baseball boasts the highest payroll in the league, thanks in part to a 25-year television deal that the team signed with Time Warner Cable worth around $8.35 billion.
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1. New York Yankees

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1. New York Yankees

Team Value: $3.2 billion
Revenue: $508 million
Missing the postseason for two straight seasons isn’t going to put a dent in the empire that George built. Their valuation ties them with the NFL’s Cowboys as the highest-valued teams in the U.S., and second on the global stage behind soccer’s Real Madrid
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