As the founder of MLB Trade Rumors, I’d like to take a brief moment to update you on the current state of the website. I realize that with the distress of COVID-19, the situation of a baseball website is the last thing on your mind, so I’ll keep it short.
Like most small businesses, mine has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Traffic is down due to MLB’s delayed season, and I don’t expect our typical trade deadline bump or a normal 2020-21 offseason. Ad rates have plummeted as well. As you know, MLBTR is free and entirely supported by banner advertising. While I’ve had to suspend some interesting but non-essential projects, in the long-term I think MLBTR will be fine.
You may have noticed that our overall post volume has decreased due to the lack of baseball news, and we’ve increased our original posts to fill the void. When player transactions and related rumors start back up, we’ll be covering that fully as we have over the last 15 years. Until then, we’ll continue experimenting with different topics both current and historical to create interesting reading material. Be sure to let us know what you’d like to see. Also, please note that the advent of weekday videos on MLBTR is not any kind of “pivot to video” and does not replace posts or result in fewer written posts on the site. Video is something we decided to try out this year, as the format may suit certain content better than the written word. We hope you’ll check out our YouTube channel and subscribe, but if it’s not for you, that’s OK.
I appreciate so many of you continuing to visit the site every day. If you’d like to help, just keep visiting, commenting, and retweeting. And be sure to tell your friends about MLBTR and share the link with them. Thanks for reading!