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[ed – Notice: Deadline for coupon use and 2-year subscriptions has been extended to October 2, 2017]

Back in 2003, the highest-paid player in baseball was Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, at $22 million. This year, 24 players are making at least as much as Rodriguez did in 2003, led by Clayton Kershaw at $33 million. Back in 2003, the average MLB team payroll was $70 million, with only the Yankees above $120 million and 14 teams under $60 million. This year, the average MLB team payroll is $150 million, no team is under $80 million, and the “small-payroll” Royals out-spend the 2003 Yankees. Even the MLB minimum salary has risen from $300,000 in 2003 to $535,000 today, an increase of 78 percent.

It won’t stir up quite as much excitement (or potential for insult) as the “Guess Your Weight” game at state fairs and amusement parks, but if you step right up! we can guess the exact dollar amount you first paid for a subscription to Baseball Prospectus. The answer is $39.95. We know that because our subscription price has not changed since at least 2003 (and possibly ever). We’ve decided to raise BP’s subscription price for the first time. Just a little bit, from $39.95 to $45.95, with a similar increase to our super-premium subscription package.

We’re confident that the new price remains a fantastic value. In the past year, we’ve published more than 2,300 articles, half of which are available only to subscribers, and we’ve expanded our statistical offerings with state-of-the-art additions like Framing Runs, Pitch Tunnels, Called Strike Probability, and Deserved Run Average. Slightly raising the price provides the resources to make BP even better. At the same time, we know that change can be difficult, so from now until the end of the regular season (October 1) you can subscribe or extend your existing subscription at the old price, for up to two additional years.

Call it a hometown discount.

For a detailed description of everything that BP subscribers have access to, please visit our subscription page.

Once there, there are two ways to subscribe or extend your subscription at the old rate:

1. Choose your preferred subscription package. At the checkout, use the coupon code "OLDPRICE" to receive the discounted, old price for a 12-month premium subscription or "SUPERPRICE" to receive the discounted, old price for a 12-month super-premium subscription.

2. To avoid paying the new price for as long as possible, you can select "two-year premium subscription or extension" to receive the discounted, old price for 24 months, with no coupon code necessary.

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Thank you for supporting Baseball Prospectus, whether you’ve been around since 2003 or decided to subscribe for the first time today, and thank you for motivating us to improve, evolve, and grow. Please know that we’re working hard to make sure BP remains a site you can be proud of reading.

[ed – here's how you extend for 2 years:]

URL: https://www.baseballprospectus.com/store/productdetail.php?t=upgrade

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jtwalsh
8/29
I attended the Citifield BP event. Was told I would receive $20.00 discount towards new or renewal. Can I use that discount in combination with this "old price" discount?
kathywoolner
8/31
Yes, ballpark event attendees receive a $15 credit toward a One Year Premium or Super Premium subscription. Please check your email shortly for a message from BP Customer Service. With any questions, please let us know at CS@baseballprospectus.com and we'll help you.
briankopec
8/29
THAT'S JUST RIDICU.... oh....actually.... ah...um... reasonable.
jssharo
8/29
I understand that prices go up and am (relatively) cool with that and am glad to see that you all offered us a chance to renew at the lower price before the hike went into effect. Well handled. A minor thing, but a little irritating... please don't title the article "Subscription Price Change," like it is some sort of mystery as to whether it will go up or down. You don't need to sugar-coat things.
noonan
8/29
Does anyone know where the RSS feed has gone? The old link no longer works.
mcquown
8/29
I'm investigating this now.
noonan
8/29
Awesome, thank you.
mcquown
8/29
It's redirecting to http://www.baseballprospectus.com/articles/feed.xml now. Thanks for alerting us! FYI - Customer Service and Support are on the Contact page (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/contact.php), and are best for getting responses to any site problems.
EMielke
8/29
Price increase not a big deal but this site needs a new reader friendly layout. Also the advertisements are rather bothersome. Id rather pay 60 or 70 a year for a better layout and none of the distracting cumbersome ads.
ragerd
8/29
I tried to add two years of premium to the end of my current superpremium and it will not let me do it. I get a message saying the premium is not available.
kathywoolner
9/03
Thank you for the suggestion. You'll find 2-year Super Premium available now to extend your current Super Premium subscription. If you have any questions, please contact us at CS@baseballprospectus.com and we'll assist you.
russell
8/30
I would also be willing to pay more for an add free membership. Is such a thing possible?
mikedee
8/30
Really nice of you guys to support your current subscribers with the offer of 2-year extensions. Keep up the great work.
robustyoungsoul
8/30
I can't figure out how to add 2-year extension to my account - when I attempt to click the link and go to finalize purchase it says the coupon has already been applied or there is nothing in the cart?
collins
8/30
Don't need the coupon for the 2-year.
robustyoungsoul
8/30
Whoops - extended!
colcese
8/30
This is my problem too. I get the same message. The links on the article are also not helpful. They get you to the page to subscribe, but don't put it into your cart from that page.
mcquown
8/30
I added a URL and screen capture to the post above, hope that helps with some of the 2-year extension problems!
Shauncore
8/31
Nothing to really do with the sub price change but PLEASE do some sort of updating with the stat pages. They are so clunky and sometimes hard to navigate. It baffles me that my only options are year-by-year or all years. Being able to select a range of years doesn't seem to be a lot to ask for. Thanks for everything you guys/girls do.
ren0901
9/01
Will there be a BP360 package offered?
Muboshgu
9/01
http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/113/201/ShutUpAndTakeMyMoney.jpg Comment sections need more memes.
sam19041
9/09
Hi Rob, seems like a decent amount of feedback about the website (subscribers wanting an ad-free option, mobile friendly, or both). Can you please respond? Also just FYI some of the ads completely hijack and send you to different sites. I know you don't control the ad servers, but you should be aware that BP's quality is compromised by that. Thanks!
mcquown
9/09
An ad-free option is definitely a reasonable suggestion, and we've had internal discussions on the topic. And it's not impossible that we'll have this option at some later date. Kindly notify Customer Service if you are ever hijacked and taken to a different site by an advertisement. That should never happen, and we aggressively remove such ads. ... And if you happen to notice which advertiser is offending, please include that information.
sam19041
9/09
Thanks, Rob. Appreciate the prompt and open feedback. I do hope you will roll out an ad-free site (BP was ad free many years ago). Many of us would gladly pay a (reasonable/fair) premium.
huztlers
9/11
You need to step up your content if you are going to step up the price. In particular, your prospect coverage has fallen tot he back of the pack. You had better use that money to hire some talent or at least commitment to the position.
TheArtfulDodger
9/11
Your comment has been noted. Thank you for your feedback.
huztlers
9/19
Thanks!
nooten
9/25
More Spring Training coverage please. I subscribed this season after a break of a few years, and I was sorely disappointed in the ST prospect coverage. Maybe I'm misremembering, but I had thought this was a strong point of BP in the past. I was surprised to see so much college/pre-draft prospect analysis in March. You know your readers better than I do, but nonetheless this particular subscriber was really surprised by the weak ST coverage. A big part of the reason I subscribed was to read some insider perspective on ST buzz and what players were impressing scouts and management. Yes, I realize most of it is fluff, but it's what I want to read in March. I couldn't care less about pre-draft, amateur prospect coverage before Opening Day. Having said this, I am reupping for two more years.