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Forbes: Rays worth $625 Million, dead last in MLB

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Good news and bad news from Forbes regarding the Tampa Bay Rays. From a financial perspective, the team has tripled in value since it's acquisition by Stu Sternberg and Co. in 2005, now worth $625 Million.

$625 Million is also the least valuable in baseball, behind the Miami Marlins at $650 and the Kansas City Royals at $700.

The full list, for your viewing pleasure:

Rank Team Current Value ($mil) 1-Yr Value Change (%) Debt/Value
(%)
Revenue ($mil) Operating Income ($mil)
1

New York Yankees

3,200 28 0 508 8.1
2

Los Angeles Dodgers

2,400 20 17 403 -12.2
3

Boston Red Sox

2,100 40 0 370 49.2
4

San Francisco Giants

2,000 100 4 387 68.4
5

Chicago Cubs

1,800 50 24 302 73.3
6

St Louis Cardinals

1,400 71 21 294 73.6
7

New York Mets

1,350 69 26 263 25.0
8

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1,300 68 0 304 16.7
9

Washington Nationals

1,280 83 27 287 41.4
10

Philadelphia Phillies

1,250 28 8 265 -39.0
11

Texas Rangers

1,220 48 13 266 3.5
12

Atlanta Braves

1,150 58 0 267 33.2
13

Detroit Tigers

1,125 65 15 254 -20.7
14

Seattle Mariners

1,100 55 0 250 26.4
15

Baltimore Orioles

1,000 61 15 245 31.4
16

Chicago White Sox

975 40 5 227 31.9
17

Pittsburgh Pirates

900 57 10 229 43.6
18

Minnesota Twins

895 48 25 223 21.3
19

San Diego Padres

890 45 22 224 35.0
20

Cincinnati Reds

885 48 6 227 2.2
21

Milwaukee Brewers

875 55 6 226 11.3
22

Toronto Blue Jays

870 43 0 227 -17.9
23

Colorado Rockies

855 49 7 214 12.6
24

Arizona Diamondbacks

840 44 17 211 -2.2
25

Cleveland Indians

825 45 9 207 8.9
26

Houston Astros

800 51 34 175 21.6
27

Oakland Athletics

725 46 8 202 20.8
28

Kansas City Royals

700 43 8 231 26.6
29

Miami Marlins

650 30 34 188 15.4
30

Tampa Bay Rays

625 29 22 188 7.9

The Rays tied for the second lowest revenue mark in baseball, but are 22nd in Operating Income, with a positive $7.9M figure.

Their share of debt, 22%, is tied for 23rd in the game, just ahead of the Cubs and alongside the Padres.

It will be interesting to see how the Rays' standing might change once a new television contract is negotiated within the next two years.