How To Find The Cheapest MLB Tickets For The 2020 MLB Season

Where To Buy 2020 MLB Tickets

On the primary market, tickets are available via Ticketmaster or the team's websites. Several teams single-game tickets have already gone on sale, while others will go on sale throughout Spring Training. 

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How Much Are 2020 MLB Tickets

With the Major League Baseball team a little more than a month away, teams are seeing just about what you’d expect — many that had a great 2019 season are seeing an uptick in the average asking price for tickets in 2020. But baseball’s history is one of commitment by fans, and that often translates into high ticket prices for the teams with the most devoted following — whether they’re winning or losing. That culture is most on display in Boston, where the Red Sox are currently under investigation for a cheating scandal and finished third in the American League East a year after winning it all, but still have the highest average asking price across baseball on the secondary market.

The $167 average is up 7.2% from 2019 and is more than $20 higher than the average for the next priciest team — the division rival New York Yankees, who are commanding an average of $145 for a ticket to Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the East in 2019 but lost to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series. That average is up 8.3% over 2019. The third priciest average is for the Los Angeles Dodgers, winners of the NL West in 2019. At $108, the average asking price for a Dodgers home game is down 22.2%, proving that fans are tiring of the Dodgers' inability to make the promise of a World Series a reality.

Team 2020 Average Ticket Price
YoY Price Change
Boston Red Sox 🎟️ $167 7.2%
New York Yankees 🎟️ $145 8.3%
Los Angeles Dodgers 🎟️ $108 -22.2%
Washington Nationals 🎟️ $102 30.4%
St. Louis Cardinals 🎟️ $101 -3.0%
Chicago Cubs 🎟️ $93 -51.6%
Cleveland Indians 🎟️ $92 7.6%
Chicago White Sox 🎟️ $81 -1.2%
Philadelphia Phillies 🎟️ $75 -13.3%
Houston Astros 🎟️ $73 -6.8%
Minnesota Twins 🎟️ $73 27.4%
Oakland Athletics 🎟️ $73 -12.3%
Kansas City Royals 🎟️ $72 -11.1%
Toronto Blue Jays 🎟️ $70 4.3%
Arizona Diamondbacks 🎟️ $69 -17.4%
Milwaukee Brewers 🎟️ $68 -8.8%
Texas Rangers 🎟️ $68 13.2%
Colorado Rockies 🎟️ $65 13.8%
Seattle Mariners 🎟️ $64 -31.3%
New York Mets 🎟️ $64 15.4%
Los Angeles Angels 🎟️ $63 14.3%
San Francisco Giants 🎟️ $62 -21.0%
Pittsburgh Pirates 🎟️ $58 -5.2%
San Diego Padres 🎟️ $58 10.3%
Atlanta Braves 🎟️ $58 -35.1%
Miami Marlins 🎟️ $57 8.8%
Tampa Bay Rays 🎟️ $56 25.0%
Cincinnati Reds 🎟️ $55 12.7%
Detroit Tigers 🎟️ $53 -22.6%
Baltimore Orioles 🎟️ $52 -1.9%

Most Expensive MLB Teams In 2020

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As noted above, the three priciest averages belong to Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, and they are three of only five teams with an average asking price of $100 or more. Despite Boston’s ugly season and the threat of results from MLB’s cheating investigation, Fenway Park is the smallest ballpark in baseball, and the Red Sox are part of the fabric of New England. Season tickets have long been sold out at the oldest park still in use, so it’s no surprise that win or lose, Boston finds itself on the top of the price heap.

The Nationals, with their big jump, check-in at No. 4 in terms of the average asking price, while the St. Louis Cardinals, who got to the NLCS before losing to the Nationals, are No. 5. Fans will pay an average of $101 at Busch Stadium, down 3% from 2019.

Next five: Chicago Cubs ($93); Cleveland Indians ($92); Chicago White Sox ($92); Philadelphia Phillies ($75); Minnesota Twins ($73), Houston Astros ($73) and Oakland Athletics ($73). 

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Least Expensive MLB Teams In 2020

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The cheapest MLB tickets this season will cost fans an average of $52 in Baltimore and New York. Baltimore’s average dropped from 1.9% to $52 after it finished last in the AL East in 2019. The Detroit Tigers have the second cheapest ticket after seeing their average drop 22.6% to $53 while both Cincinnati (12.7%) and Tampa Bay (25%) had fairly significant increases, but still remain cheap, at $55 and $56, respectively. The Miami Marlins round out the bottom 5.

Next Five: Atlanta Braves ($58), Pittsburgh Pirates ($58), San Diego Padres ($58); San Francisco Giants ($62); Los Angeles Angels ($63).

Year Over Year MLB Ticket Price Changes

The biggest movers in terms of average increase during the off-season are the Washington Nationals, who won the first World Series in franchise history last year. The average price for a Nationals ticket jumped 30.4% from $71 to $102. The only other team that had a jump of 25% or more is the Minnesota Twins, who won 101 games and the AL Central, before losing to the Yankees in the ALCS. The average asking price for a ticket is up 27.4% from $53 to $73. 

On the downside, the luster of the Cubs 2016 World Series win, which broke a 108-year Series drought, has definitely worn off. Since then, the Cubs got to the NLCS (2017) and the Wild-Card Round (2018), but failed to make the playoffs in 2019, and the average dropped a whopping 51.6% — the biggest move in either direction across the league — from $141 to $93. The next biggest drop is 35.1% for the Atlanta Braves, from $77 to $57 after they won the NL East for the second consecutive season, but got bounced out of the playoffs in the Division Series. 

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Biggest 2020 MLB Ticket Price Gainers 

Big gains don’t always translate into the priciest tickets, though it worked out that way for the Nationals, whose 30.4% upswing in prices makes them the fourth most expensive on the secondary market entering 2020. The Nats have one of the best infields in MLB, and though Anthony Rendon left for the Los Angeles Angels, the Nats added Eric Thames and Starlin Castro, so the infield should remain an asset. The second-biggest gainer is the New York Mets, who have been edging closer and closer to a playoff spot over the last two seasons, but it’s likely that the return of Yoenis Cespedes, who missed 2019, is the real reason behind the 30.4% spike in average asking prices.

The Twins, who had the next biggest price gain, 27.4%, aren’t even in the Top 10 in terms of average asking price — they rank No. 12. And Tampa Bay’s 25% gain is hefty, but they’re still the fifth-cheapest team to see play at home this season. That said, the Rays are always a contender in baseball’s most competitive division and should continue that trend following a 96-win season and their first playoff appearance since 2016 last year.

Across the country in Los Angeles, the Angels are enjoying a 14.3% increase in average asking price, largely because they hired Joe Maddon as skipper and added big bat Anthony Rendon, who won a World Series with Washington last year. Of course, Mike Trout is always a draw.

Just missing the Top 5: Colorado (13.8%); Texas (13.2%); Cincinnati (12.7%); San Diego (10.3%); Miami (8.8%).

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Biggest 2020 MLB Ticket Price Decliners 

A messy roster and front office contributed to the decline in the average asking price for a Chicago Cubs ticket. The team’s average slipped 51.6% against 2019, the biggest drop in MLB, in large part due to uncertainty on the roster and the firing of Joe Maddon, who brought the Cubs their first World Series win in more than a century in 2016. The Atlanta Braves are another team in flux, with a big number of off-season moves that mean what’s coming this season is unknown. That said, the Braves have been building on success every year for the last few, but their failure to advance past the NLDS last season is likely why the average ticket price dropped 35.1%. The Braves will need to make good on their regular-season successes to get fans back into the ballpark. 

The Seattle Mariners had the third biggest price drop during the off-season, with the average asking price falling 31.3% to $64. There’s not much to get fans to the ballpark in Seattle these days — the M’s haven’t made it to the post-season since 2001 and last year finished 5th in the NL West. Both Detroit (22.6%) and the Dodgers (22.1%) also had significant declines in ticket averages. The Tigers can blame the decline on a recent lack of success — since winning the AL Central for four straight seasons between 2011-14, they haven’t gotten back to the playoffs and were fifth in the division last season. The Dodgers just don’t seem to be able to translate regular-season success to the post-season, and L.A. fans are notoriously fickle.

MLB Team Value Index (Cost per win based on projected win totals)

Team Avg Price Projected Wins Cost Per Win
Tampa Bay Rays $56 91.5 $0.61
Atlanta Braves $57 90.5 $0.63
Cincinnati Reds $55 85.5 $0.64
San Diego Padres $58 83.5 $0.69
New York Mets $64 87.5 $0.73
Los Angeles Angels $63 85.5 $0.74
Houston Astros $73 97.5 $0.75
Minnesota Twins $73 91.5 $0.80
Oakland Athletics $73 90.5 $0.81
Milwaukee Brewers $68 83.5 $0.81
Arizona Diamondbacks $69 84.5 $0.82
Pittsburgh Pirates $58 70.5 $0.82
Colorado Rockies $65 74.5 $0.87
Philadelphia Phillies $75 85.5 $0.88
Texas Rangers $68 77.5 $0.88
San Francisco Giants $62 70.5 $0.88
Miami Marlins $57 64.5 $0.88
Baltimore Orioles $52 56.5 $0.92
Detroit Tigers $53 56.5 $0.94
Toronto Blue Jays $70 74.5 $0.94
Seattle Mariners $64 67.6 $0.95
Chicago White Sox $81 83.5 $0.97
Cleveland Indians $92 86.5 $1.06
Chicago Cubs $93 86.5 $1.08
Los Angeles Dodgers $108 99.5 $1.09
Kansas City Royals $72 65.5 $1.10
St. Louis Cardinals $101 88.5 $1.14
Washington Nationals $102 88.5 $1.15
New York Yankees $145 101.5 $1.43
Boston Red Sox $167 85.5 $1.95

Based on each team’s average ticket price on the secondary market and season projections, we can determine each team’s value in terms of dollars per win. There are plenty of opportunities to get the most bang for your buck. The number is derived by dividing the projected number of wins into the average asking price on the secondary market.

In terms of “cost per win,” the best deal in the league will be for the Rays at Tropicana Field, where the cost per win is 61 cents. Tickets are cheap, even though the Rays are projected to win more than 90 games. So if you’re in the neighborhood, it’s a great opportunity to see your team on the road. Other teams that based on their win total vs their secondary market average price that will be providing their teams with great deals are the Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, and the New York Mets.

At the other end of the spectrum, the priciest teams are also the teams that are the worst value in terms of "team value index." For example, the team with the highest “cost per win” is the Boston Red Sox, meaning fans will pay a premium for a seat at Fenway. The New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals round out the Top 5 highest team value index. Of the five, Kansas City is really the worst deal of the top five as they're projected to win only 65.5 games, but average asking prices are high. 


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2019 MLB Ticket Report Below 👇

Halfway through the Major League Baseball season, teams are learning that winning pays … and losing doesn’t. The Tampa Bay Rays, sitting in second place in the American League East and with the fourth-best record in the AL, have had the biggest jump in price from the start of the season — the Colorado Rockies had a 19.6% increase, on secondary ticket marketplace TicketIQ. The Washington Nationals had the second highest, with a 18.3% increase. 

All three teams are having better seasons than projected. Rounding out the teams with the top five increases over the first half are the San Diego Padres with a 15.4% jump, the Minnesota Twins with a 7.5% jump and the Los Angeles Angels with a jump of 7.4%. The Padres were at .500 at the All-Star break for the first time in nine years. 

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On the downside, the average asking price for the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, who are sitting third in the AL East, plummeted. Boston started the season with a $155 average asking price, the highest across MLB, but halfway through, fans are paying an average of $94 on the secondary market. The 39.4% drop is the biggest in baseball. 

That drop translates into a great opportunity for fans to catch a game at the perennially sold-out Fenway Park, one of only two pre-1920s ballparks still in use. 

The Chicago White Sox, who are third in the AL Central but have a losing record, had the second-biggest drop, from an $82 average asking price at the start of the season to $53 by the midway point. The Seattle Mariners with a 28.6% drop, San Francisco Giants with a 28% drop and the Atlanta Braves with a 27.3% drop round out the teams with top five biggest price drops. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers — runners-up in last season’s World Series and owners of the best record in baseball — are bucking the trend. The average asking price for a ticket to see the Dodgers, who had won 60 games through July 12, dropped 15.2% percent from $132 to $112. In the AL, the New York Yankees have the best record and lead the East, but secondary market prices also dropped, from $133 to $121.

Team 2019 Average Ticket Price
Chicago Cubs  $128
New York Yankees  $121
Los Angeles Dodgers  $112
St. Louis Cardinals  $96
Boston Red Sox  $94
Cleveland Indians  $92
Washington Nationals  $84
Oakland Athletics  $76
Milwaukee Brewers $71
Houston Astros $68
Philadelphia Phillies $68
Colorado Rockies $67
Toronto Blue Jays $66
Kansas City Royals $65
San Diego Padres $60
Seattle Mariners $60
Arizona Diamondbacks $59
Los Angeles Angels $58
Pittsburgh Pirates $58
Minnesota Twins $57
Baltimore Orioles $56
Atlanta Braves $56
Texas Rangers $54
San Francisco Giants $54
Chicago White Sox $53
Miami Marlins $51
Detroit Tigers $51
Cincinnati Reds $45
Tampa Bay Rays $43
New York Mets $37

Beginning of 2019 season report is below:


Most Expensive 2019 MLB Teams

You’d think winning a World Series would drive up ticket prices, but in the case of the Boston Red Sox, the average asking price on the secondary market is 8% lower than in 2018, according to secondary ticket marketplace TicketIQ.com. But even with the decline, the Red Sox’s $155 average asking price is the highest in Major League Baseball. In October, the Red Sox won their fourth World Series since 2004, when they snapped an 86-year-old drought. The next priciest ticket on the secondary market is $141 for the Chicago Cubs, who snapped their 108-year drought in 2016. And that average is, yep, you guessed it, cheaper than last year. The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals round out the top 5. Three of the teams with the Top 5 priciest tickets had declines in ticket prices from 2018 to 2019.

Just missing the top 5: Cleveland Indians ($88), Philadelphia Phillies ($85) and Seattle Mariners ($84).

Least Expensive 2019 MLB Teams

The cheapest ticket in the Major Leagues is even cheaper than it was last year, according to TicketIQ.com. The average asking price for a Tampa Bay Rays ticket dropped 23% from $52 to $42, making it the cheapest ticket by $2. The next least expensive ticket is $44 for a seat to see the Mets at Citi Field. where tickets fell 62% between 2018 and 2019. Only one other team has an average asking price below $50 – $48 for the a chance to see the Cincinnati Reds. The San Diego Padres (even with Manny Machado) and the Miami Marlins are the other two teams in the bottom 5.

Just missing the bottom 5: Minnesota Twins ($53), Baltimore Orioles ($53), and Los Angeles Angels ($54).

Team 2019 Season Avg Year Over Year Change
Boston Red Sox $155 -8.1%
Chicago Cubs $141 -12.9%
New York Yankees $133 10.2%
Los Angeles Dodgers $132 -31.0%
St. Louis Cardinals $104 20.7%
Cleveland Indians $88 -0.5%
Philadelphia Phillies $85 20.7%
Seattle Mariners $84 -5.3%
Chicago White Sox $82 33.3%
Oakland Athletics $82 15.4%
Arizona Diamondbacks $81 8.3%
Kansas City Royals $80 5.9%
Houston Astros $78 -15.6%
Atlanta Braves $77 2.5%
San Francisco Giants $75 13.5%
Milwaukee Brewers $74 31.4%
Washington Nationals $71 9.4%
Toronto Blue Jays $67 -14.4%
Detroit Tigers $65 9.7%
Pittsburgh Pirates $61 18.4%
Texas Rangers $59 -2.5%
Colorado Rockies $56 18.9%
Los Angeles Angels $54 -77.8%
Baltimore Orioles $53 -16.0%
Minnesota Twins $53 -18.4%
Miami Marlins $52 3.5%
San Diego Padres $52 -55.4%
Cincinnati Reds $48 -32.7%
New York Mets $44 -61.9%
Tampa Bay Rays $42 -23.0%

Biggest MLB Ticket Price Gainers In 2019

There’s plenty of hype surrounding the Chicago White Sox--which may die down a bit with Manny Machado off  the board--but up until now it has driven the average asking price for a ticket up more than 33% to $82, good enough to be the eighth priciest ticket in MLB. Chicago fans clearly think that avoiding arbitration with superstar Jose Abreu and adding first baseman Yonder Alonso could be enough to put the White Sox into contention. Demand in Milwaukee for the Brewers, which won the NL Central and got to within a game of the World Series in 2018, is up just over 31% to a $74 average asking price. Rounding out the top five biggest price gainers are St. Louis, up nearly 21% to a $104 average; the Philadelphia Phillies, thanks to their recent acquisition of Bryce Harper, also up just under 21%. and the Colorado Rockies, up nearly 19% to $56. 

Just missing the top 5: Pittsburgh Pirates (+18.4%) , Oakland Athletics (+15.4%) and San Francisco Giants (+13.5%).

Biggest MLB Ticket Price Drops In 2019

A year after a massive increase average asking price, Los Angeles Angels fans are clearly feeling the disappointment of long-time manager Mike Scioscia’s retirement. The average asking price for a ticket to Angels Stadium is down a whopping 77% to $54 from $96. The next biggest dip is less than half that. The Mets have the 29th most expensive ticket after a drop of nearly 62% to $44 while San Diego fans appear to have also thrown in the towel before the start of the season. The average asking price for a seat at Petco Park is $51, down just over 55%. But with the recent signing of superstar Manny Machado, prices could begin to trend up in the coming days and weeks The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers round out the five biggest price drops, at declines of 33% and 31%, respectively. Dodgers fans are clearly still feeling the sting of a second consecutive World Series defeat.

Just missing the bottom 5: Tampa Bay Rays (-23%), Minnesota Twins (-18.4%) and Baltimore Orioles (-16%)

2019 MLB Team Value Index (Cost per win based on projected win totals)

Team Avg Price Projected Wins Cost Per Win
Tampa Bay Rays $42 84.5 $0.50
New York Mets $44 86.5 $0.51
Cincinnati Reds $48 79.5 $0.60
Minnesota Twins $53 83.5 $0.63
Los Angeles Angels $54 81.5 $0.66
Colorado Rockies $56 84.5 $0.66
San Diego Padres $51 76.5 $0.67
Pittsburgh Pirates $61 77.5 $0.79
Washington Nationals $71 89.5 $0.79
Houston Astros $78 96.5 $0.81
Miami Marlins $52 63.5 $0.82
Texas Rangers $59 71.5 $0.83
Milwaukee Brewers $74 86.5 $0.86
Toronto Blue Jays $67 75.5 $0.89
Atlanta Braves $77 86.5 $0.89
Baltimore Orioles $53 59.5 $0.89
Detroit Tigers $65 69.5 $0.94
Philadelphia Phillies $84 89.5 $0.94
Cleveland Indians $88 90.5 $0.97
Oakland Athletics $82 83.5 $0.98
San Francisco Giants $75 73.5 $1.02
Chicago White Sox $82 76.5 $1.07
Arizona Diamondbacks $81 73.5 $1.10
Kansas City Royals $80 70.5 $1.13
St. Louis Cardinals $104 88.5 $1.18
Seattle Mariners $84 70.5 $1.19
New York Yankees $133 96.5 $1.38
Los Angeles Dodgers $132 93.5 $1.41
Chicago Cubs $141 89.5 $1.58
Boston Red Sox $155 93.5 $1.66

Based on each team’s average ticket price on the secondary market and season projections, we can determine each team’s value in terms of dollars per win. There are plenty of opportunities to get the most bang for your buck. The number is derived by dividing the projected number of wins into the average asking price on the secondary market.

In terms of “cost per win,” the best deal in the league will be at Tampa, where the cost per win is 50 cents. Tickets are cheap, even though the Rays are projected to win more than 84 games. So if you’re in the neighborhood, it’s a great opportunity to see your team on the road. Other teams that based on their win total vs their secondary market average price that will be providing their teams with great deals are  the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, and the Los Angeles Angels. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the priciest teams are also the teams that are the worst value in terms of "team value index." For example, the team with the highest “cost per win” is the Boston Red Sox, meaning fans will pay a premium for a seat at Fenway. The Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners round out the Top 5 highest team value index. Of the five, Seattle is really the worst deal of the top five as they're projected to win only 70.5 games, but average asking prices are high. 

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