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Just signed up to support this site =, which I visit multiple times a day. Thanks for all the great information and I am happy to contribute!
Happy to support this site. It has long been my go-to for breaking baseball news.
It’s only 8.2 cents a day. Well worth it!!
Members only chats have been amazing. I have literally had two questions answered each week.
Wheres that exclusive chat at?
They send me an email with a link to the chat ahead of time.
I always happen to see the email after the fact. I wish it would show up as a notification through the app.
I’m happy to support this site by visiting and putting up with the ads. We all have to “pay” one way or another.
Now I have to go and buy some Cheetos!! 😉
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Tim, you should consider user-submitted content — kind of like Reddit or Digg used to be.
There are many excellent commenters, and sometimes I’d rather read something from them than the regular writers — but only sometimes.
Only sometimes*** or let those who get a membership have the ability to post articles; pure chaos
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The highest-rated posts would show up on the main site, so no garbage posts. Sometimes I just need a break from Jeff Todd.
I am good to help. This site is a favorite and very informative. I don’t mind supporting the writers and also those who don’t want to help the writers. lol It’s like $30 a year will break us. Heck, we spend more than that on two cases of beer or two steaks at the super market.
“New feature: Trades That Should Happen, by Steve Adams”
And so begins the inevitable exclusion of written content (for non-subscribers) that I personally might like to read – trade scenario content.
As I’ve said before, I suspect that Hoops, Football, and Hockey Rumours aren’t carrying their relative weight (and I have zero interest in those services) and I don’t want to feel compelled to subsidize them. I’d pay $10 to $15 a year for (all) MLB-only content and accept the ad status quo – and I don’t need a badge or private chats. The banner ads don’t bother me in the least and I know they’re necessary to the business model.
Some have suggested that a small annual price only amounts to pocket change. But that ignores the fact that if you subscribe to (or donate to) enough things, they can add up pretty quickly to something fairly substantial.
I don’t begrudge your doing this Tim, it’s obviously your choice. I’ve enjoyed your MLB writers – across the board (except for the use of the word “anyhow” in place of “anyway”, ha) so best of luck to you all.
As far as “exclusion of written content” goes, are you expecting to get the extras a paying member receives, for nothing? Regardless, I haven’t noticed any less interesting pieces here than there were before. I would also add that I check the football site daily and I find it very informative. IMO.
It’s not a concept Steve would have written for MLB Trade Rumors otherwise. It was commissioned specifically for subscribers, and Steve’s time on it was paid out of subscription revenue. The alternative was not this existing on the free MLBTR; it was that feature not existing at all.
If what’s on offer doesn’t hit a “worth $30 a year” threshold for you, I don’t begrudge you for it.
Fair enough, thanks.
No. Just hoped that what I considered long-time core written content, anything about trade speculation in particular, to remain for non-subscribers, in accordance with what I took Tim to mean when he first announced the voluntary subs. That’s all. It feels like maybe it’s a step in the direction of eroding (gradually, over time) the non-paid content, specifically because writing about trade ideas is something I’ve mostly been here for all along. I mean all things “Trade” speculation related – it’s right there in the name of the site, isn’t it?. So it seems like erosion to me. Like you, it’s IMO. BTW, you seem to have missed the part where I said I would pay an a-la-carte price for MLB only content, to support that segment of Tim’s privately owned business.
And if you’re a daily consumer of Football Rumors, then you’re using way more Rumors content than I am, right? I’m sure that content is every bit as good as the MLB content has been up to now, so good on you.
I’d guess you’d would get more subscribers – and income – at $9.99 that $29.99.
Sorry but if $30.00 for a year’s subscription is too much money then you may need to examine your life’s choices more closely.
Joe – Just because you can afford something, it doesn’t mean you should. Dixon didn’t say he didn’t have 30 bucks. He was pointing out that a lower price might increase revenue through quantity of subscribers over a higher price with a higher margin but fewer subscribers.
Maybe you should examine the perceived condescending tone of your comments more closely.
Sorry Joe, but you aren’t sorry. Dixoncayne didnt actually say $30 is too much (rather he suggested the site may make more revenue at $10). And neither he nor I, who posted something similar previously, needs ” to examine our life choices more closely.”
Instead, it is pathetic trolls like you that need to examine why you feel the need to demean folks that have a legitimate opinion that is different than yours. Please, go find something better to do with your time. Express your opinion and let others do the same. And above all, be kind, even when you disagree.
Bob.. Ok, I could have phrased that better but $30 over the course of an entire year is less than pocket change. I doubt the $20 difference of $30 and $10 is a deal killer for someone subscribing.
The amount for any one person was not the point. What he was saying, and I agree, is that if MLBTR offered a $10 option, then maybe they get 3X+ more persons to subscribe – and thus earn more in the end.
I would do it at $10. And I also do subscribe to the Athletic, PattonandCo.com, Baseball Prospectus, etc. It does add up. To me the best solution would be tiered/cafeteria style options. But I dont know how hard that is.
Very, very well (and kindly) said, bobelam.
And I will add what should be obvious to anyone about so-called pocket change. Lots of things that might be considered pocket change can accumulate in life into something considerably more over time. Sign up for enough recurring donations or subscriptions, along with your regular food-clothing-shelter-health-transportation-communication-info/entertainment costs and you can find your budget a little stretched.
But hey, if every small thing is pocket change, you might as well sign up for every small thing.
It’s like free money – yay! 🙂
But I would do $10 right now – if there was a way to do so – just to support the MLB part of Rumors during these covid times.
I very well know that digital ad revenues are down generally – though I think they’ll recover in 2021.
This is a difficult time everywhere…anyone who cannot comfortably spare $30/year on this shouldn’t consider it.
First off- stop keeping this at the top of the site. It’s one thing to advertise, it’s another to link it at the top as if it was “news” (1 min ago every time, too?)
Second, fire Steve Adams.
Naw, just scroll past. He’s gotta do what he’s gotta do.
All the writers are razor sharp, IMO.
I am a small market commentor. If some of the large market guys would kick in some revenue sharing I would be happy to join.
Posting this just to see that cool badge next to my name.
You go, Badgey McBadge! 🙂
Tim, get some real ones made. These need to get out into the wild.
Wait a minute… I might really want one of those.
“Hello, Al. This is Theo.Epstein. Would it be possible to get Cameron in a trade?”
“Maybin, Maybin not. What are you offering?”