Note: This article was originally published on January 23, 2014. It has been updated to reflect the availability of the Super Premium subscription.
When Baseball Prospectus became a premium site 11 years ago, a one-year subscription cost $39.95. Since then, the US economy has inflated by an average of 2.4 percent per year, which means that if you'd stuck that $39.95 under your mattress in 2003, it would be worth only $30.62 in 2003 dollars today. If you spent the cash while you could on Nate Silver’s first-ever PECOTA projections instead of letting it depreciate, well done—you got more bang for your buck.
If you did hide it under the mattress, though, you’re in luck: you can still use the same amount to pay for a one-year subscription to Baseball Prospectus. Even though $39.95 isn’t worth what it once was—and even though we publish much more material than we used to—it’s still what we charge. That’s the kind of consistency you’ve come to expect only from Adam Dunn’s home run totals (except for that one year). And it’s not changing now.
But we are making two tweaks to our pricing plan, neither of which will cost you more money if you’re already paying for BP Premium.
The first is that we’re retiring the Fantasy-only subscription, which we’ve offered since 2005. From now on, purchasing a Premium subscription—again, for $39.95—will be the only way to access BP’s subscription-only content, and will continue to unlock everything on the site (including fantasy coverage).
We’re doing away with the fantasy sub because we’re devoting more resources than ever before to the fantasy side of the site, and we think we’ve made our fantasy content worth paying the Premium price. (Of course, if you’re already paying for Premium, this means that you’re getting more than you bargained for.)
Over the past year, we’ve built a top-notch fantasy staff with a wide range of experience and expertise. Bret Sayre, our fantasy manager, brings not only insight into long-term keeper and dynasty leagues, but two decades of rotisserie experience. Mike Gianella, our resident valuation guru, provides both pre- and post-season auction valuations, along with great insights into strategy. You probably know Paul Sporer best for his starting pitcher advice, but that’s only because you don’t know how much he looks like McLovin. Lovable internet personalities, jacks-of-all-trades, and Scoresheet experts round out the rest of the staff.
Earlier this month, Bret laid out our plan for fantasy coverage in the draft-prep period, and we’ve already put it into action, posting 28 fantasy-oriented articles over the past 10 publishing days. And that’s not counting the fantasy takes we’ve added for most major moves in our Transaction Analysis articles, the fantasy profiles for each player in Jason Parks’ Top 10 Prospects lists, or the three fantasy podcasts we’ve started.
We’ve been gratified to see that your feedback has been positive, and we’ll continue to monitor it as we improve the product further.
(We promise that wasn’t a plant.)
The other new development is that
we’ll soon be offering we are now offering a “Super Premium” subscription option priced at $54.99. We know that many of you are Baseball Prospectus completists who not only subscribe to the site, but also attend our events and listen to our podcasts and acquire our books. We appreciate your support, especially when you volunteer to give us more money without getting anything in return.*
We don’t expect you to do that, though. If you pay for a Super Premium subscription, you’ll receive—in addition to the website’s premium content—the Futures Guide 2014 e-book, a compilation of all the prospect and organizational rankings Jason Parks and the BP Prospect Staff have produced this winter. (Click here for a look at last year’s Futures Guide.) You’ll also receive PDFs of both volumes of Best of Baseball Prospectus, edited by yours truly. “That’s a $25 value!”, is what we would say if this were the end of an infomercial.
Finally, Super Premium subscribers will also gain access to The Bat Signal, our brand new fantasy answering service. When you need some advice on a trade offer, free agent pickup, keeper decision, or anything else related to fantasy baseball (no dating advice—you wouldn’t want it anyway), and you can’t wait until our next fantasy chat, send out the Bat Signal (in other words, fill out a form on our site to contact us, which sounds less exciting). We guarantee that you’ll get an answer to your question from a member of our fantasy staff within 12 hours. If (for some unforeseen reason) your question falls through the cracks, we’ll send Craig Goldstein over to your place of residence to personally deliver a homemade pie.*
*Offer not valid outside of Washington, D.C.
That’s it—not so scary. To recap: the Premium subscription remains the same price, but gives you more for the money; the fantasy subscription sails off into the sunset; and the Super Premium subscription gives you access to not only the site, but a selection of our other written content, as well as a new fantasy answering service.
To purchase a Premium or Super Premium subscription, head over to our aptly named Subscriptions page, where you’ll also find a summary of what it is you’re about to receive. If you’re looking for the kind of advanced statistical and scouting insight that makes major-league teams take notice (and sometimes take our employees), Baseball Prospectus has, both historically and recently, been your best bet. Expect to see sabermetric research from the likes of Russell A. Carleton and Harry Pavlidis and prospect analysis from Jason Parks and the rest of BP’s nationwide scouting network. You’ll also get a steady stream of Transaction Analysis from R.J. Anderson and others, mechanical breakdowns from Doug Thorburn, and the latest dispatches from writers like me, Sam Miller, and Zachary Levine, whom no team that knows what it’s doing would hire, but whose work we hope you’ll enjoy. You’ll also receive access to our full suite of statistical tools, including PECOTA projections, standard stat reports and custom sortables, Player Forecast Manager, and Team Tracker.
Feel free to email me, Joe Hamrahi, or BP customer service with questions or concerns about the pricing plan changes (or anything else, for that matter). We thank you for your continued patronage of BP, and for your participation in the Baseball Prospectus community.