Every year, Forbes magazine releases the MLB team value rankings from No. 1 all the way to the bottom of the barrell at No. 30.
For the year 2012, the Texas Rangers checked in at No. 8 with the top-5, in order, being:
1. New York Yankees:$2.3 billion
2. Los Angeles Dodgers:$1.61 billion
3. Boston Red Sox: $1.31 billion
4. Chicago Cubs: $1 billion
5. Philadelphia Phillies: $893 million
The sixth and seventh spots belong to the New York Mets and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, respectively, with the Rangers checking in at No. 8 with a value of $764 million, a couple-hundred million more than the Nolan Ryan ownership group bought the for just a few years back, taking them from bankruptcy. The Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up the top 10.
Checking in at No. 30? The Tampa Bay Rays at $451 million despite consistently being one of the top young teams in baseball and basically a perennial playoff team in arguably baseball's best division.