Forbes: 10 MLB teams decline in value

4/23/2009 - MLB New York Yankees

NEW YORK -- One-third of Major League Baseball teams
declined in value over the past year while the New York Yankees'
worth increased 15 percent to $1.5 billion, according to the annual
estimates by Forbes magazine.

The Washington Nationals took the biggest hit during the
recession, down 12 percent to $406 million. The Atlanta Braves
dropped 10 percent and the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners each
were off 9 percent, the magazine said Wednesday.

The decline by 10 teams was the most since 2004, Forbes said.
Bolstered by their new $1.5 billion stadium, the Yankees showed
the top increase and remained the most valuable franchise in the
majors. The New York Mets, also boosted by a new ballpark, were
second in value ($912 million) and increase (11 percent).

Boston ($833 million), the Los Angeles Dodgers ($722 million)
and the Chicago Cubs ($700 million) followed at the top.

The Florida Marlins' worth increased 8 percent, but the team
ranked last in value at $277 million. Pittsburgh ($288 million) and
Kansas City ($314 million) were among the bottom three.

Overall, Forbes said the average value of the 30 MLB franchises
increased 1 percent to an all-time high of $482 million.