Forbes ranks Giants as 4th-most valuable franchise in baseball

A’s jump league-high 16% in value

April 13, 2018 - 4:15 pm

By Mohamed Bafakih

Forbes has released its annual list of MLB franchise values and both Bay Area ball clubs are on the rise.

The Giants rounded out the top five once again, ranking No. 4 — a one-spot jump from 2017 — while Oakland also moved up one place from No. 27 a year ago to No. 26.

The orange and black, who ranked behind the Yankees, Dodgers and Cubs hold a current value of $2.85 billion and are tied with Chicago with an 8 percent one-year value change.

While the Cubs and Dodgers accumulated more revenue, the Giants didn’t suffer a debt value like their rival club (14 percent) and the Cubs (15 percent).

The A’s meanwhile hold a value of $1.02 billion, thanks to a league-leading 16-percent increase from 2017. They sit in front of the Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays.

The Yankees generated nearly 20 percent more revenue than any other squad, leading the 30-team list for the 21st straight time while holding a value of $4 billion. The club raked in $618 million in revenue. For context, the Giants tallied $445 million and the A's pulled in $210 million.

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