MLB Franchise

 MLB Franchise American League

City (state, area) Team Franchise origins principal owner Year bought Purch. price value 
(Forbes est.)
Stadium Attend. in 2007
Boston Red Sox Boston since 1901 ("Pilgrims" until 1907) John Henry 2002 $380m $816m Fenway Park 3.0m
New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902), 
N.Y. "Highlanders" until 1912
George Steinbrenner 1973 $10m $1,300m Yankee Stadium 4.3m
Oakland Athletics Philadelphia(1901-1954), 
Kansas City (1955-1967)
Lewis Wolff 2005 $180m $323m McAfee (Oakland) Coliseum 1.9m
Minneapolis (Minnesota) Twins Washington Senators (1901-1960) Carl Pohlad 1984 $44m $328m Metrodome 2.3m
Cleveland Indians Cleveland since 1901 
(various names until 1915)
Lawrence Dolan 2000 $323m $417m Progressive (Jacobs) Field 2.3m
Detroit Tigers Detroit since 1901 Michael Ilitch 1992 $82m $407m Comerica Park 3.0m
Chicago White Sox Chicago since 1901 Jerry Reinsdorf 1981 $20m $443m U.S. Cellular Field 2.7m
Baltimore Orioles Milwaukee Brewers (1901), 
St. Louis Browns (1902-1953)
Peter Angelos 1993 $173m $398m Camden Yards 2.2m
Arlington (Texas) Rangers Expansion franchise: 
Washington Senators (1961-1971)
Thomas Hicks 1998 $250m $412m (Rangers) Ballpark in Arlington 2.4m
Los Angeles / Anaheim (California) Angels Expansion franchise (1961) Arturo Moreno 2003 $184m $500m Angels (Anaheim) Stadium 3.4m
Kansas City Royals Expansion franchise (1969) David Glass 2000 $96m $301m Kauffman Stadium 1.6m
Toronto Blue Jays Expansion franchise (1977) Ted Rogers / Rogers Communications 2000 $137m $352m Rogers Centre 2.4m
Seattle Mariners Expansion franchise (1977) Howard Lincoln / Nintendo 1992 $100m $466m Safeco Field 2.7m
St. Petersburg 
(Tampa Bay)
Devil Rays Expansion franchise (1998) Stuart Steinberg 2004 $200m $290m Tropicana Field 1.4m

 

MLB Franchise National League

 

City (state, area) Team Franchise origins Current principal owner Year bought Purch. price Franchise value 
(Forbes est.)
Stadium Attend. in 2007
Atlanta Braves Boston (1876-1952), Milwaukee (1953-1965) John Malone / Liberty Media 2007 $450m $497m Turner Field 2.7m
Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati since 1876; never moved Robert Castellini 2006 $270m $337m Great AmericanBallpark 2.1m
Chicago Cubs Chicago since 1876 ("White Stockings" until 1893); never moved Sam Zell / Tribune Company 1981 $21m $642m Wrigley Field 3.3m
San Francisco Giants Troy (1879-1882); New York (1883-1957) Peter Magowan 1993 $100m $494m AT&T Park 3.2m
Los Angeles Dodgers Brooklyn (1884-1957) Frank McCourt 2004 $355m $694m Dodger Stadium 3.9m
Philadelphia Phillies Worcester (1880-1882) William Giles 1981 $30m $481 Citizens Bank Park 3.1m
Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh since 1887; never moved Robert Nutting 1996 $92m $292m PNC Park 1.7m
St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis since 1892; never moved William Dewitt Jr. 1995 $150m $484m Busch Stadium III 3.6m
New York Mets Expansion franchise (1962) Fred Wilpon 2002 $391m $824m Shea Stadium 3.9m
Houston Colt 45s / Astros Expansion franchise (1962) Robert D. McLane Jr. 1992 $103m $463m Minute Maid Park 3.0m
San Diego Padres Expansion franchise (1969) John Moores 1994 $94m $385m PETCO Park 2.8m
Washington Nationals Expansion franchise: 
Montreal Expos (1969-2004)
Theodore Lerner 2006 $450m $460m Nationals Park 2.0m
Miami (Florida) Marlins Expansion franchise (1993) Jeffrey Loria 2002 $158m $256m Dolphin Stadium 1.4m
Denver (Colorado) Rockies Expansion franchise (1993) Charles Monfort 1992 $95m $371m Coors Field 2.4m
Phoenix (Arizona) Diamondbacks Expansion franchise (1998) Ken Kendrick, et al. 2004 $238m $379m Chase Field 2.3m
Milwaukee Brewers Expansion franchise: AL Seattle Pilots (1969); transfered to NL in 1998 Mark Attanasio 2005 $223m $331m Miller Park 2.9m