Per Forbes estimates, Rays franchise value up to $825-million, still last

The New York Yankees celebrate their Opening Day

Forbes released their rankings of the most valuable Major League Baseball franchises, and the Phils came in at ninth.

Overall, the Tigers are worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes. They moved up one spot from ten in 2016 to nine this year. The Dodgers are next at $2.75 billion, a 10 percent increase. The team is also expected to become active for top free-agents again, which will make more sense when you consider both the emergence of some of the young talents already on the roster and the free-agents available in the next two offseasons.

Overall, the average MLB team is now worth $1.54 billion, a 19% increase over past year based largely on increased television revenue and the mushrooming value of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, which is the league's innovative tech division that both streams content online and creates cutting-edge statistical collection methods.

Colorado's value was up 16 percent from 2016, when the team was valued at $860 million by the publication.

Kevin Durant will start Warriors' final three games
The team's training staff and coaches will monitor Durant, but there is no plan for a firm restriction on playing time . Durant can take the last three games of the season, and the first round of the playoffs, to slide back into a grove.

The Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.75 billion), Boston Red Sox ($2.7 billion), World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.67 billion) and San Francisco Giants ($2.65 billion) rounded out of the top five.

The Yankees' AL East rival, the Tampa Bay Rays, were ranked the least valuable franchise in baseball at a mere $825 million. That said, if the team plays well, more people will come to the park and prices can be increased for tickets, merchandise and ads.

The article also lists Seattle as having the 12th highest payroll on opening day.

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