A conversation with my brother about how we both only pay for content on the web if it's baseball related sparked a thought.
Beyond what is essentially 'free' content (newspapers, basic news & sports websites, cable sports news) - what sort of baseball content is everyone willing to dish out cash for?
This ranges from Baseball Prospectus, Rivals.com, Scout.com, Baseball America, ESPN.com Insider, SABR memberships, etc etc.
This is kind of two fold - a chance to offer your opinions on what you pay for and what it includes, and offer a chance for those who are not paying for it, to hear what it includes and chime in on something we may want to take advantage of. I've always been curious about the perks of SABR membership, and perhaps there are other memberships/websites out there worth paying for.
I'll start this train off. I pay for two sources of Baseball news - Baseball Prospectus & Baseball America.
BA includes it's web membership with the price of a magazine subscription. To be honest, I don't use the website very much at all. I enjoy reading the magazine when it comes, and for the most part - everything on the web ends up in the magazine. The only web functions I use that are subscriptions based are around Draft time, and around College World Series time, when their coverage is excellent.
BP however, I read every day. I just bought a subscription this last April, and it has more than paid for itself. The sortable stat database has more information in it than I could ever use, and I've used it to build up some cheat sheets to use come fantasy baseball draft time in a few weeks. I've also made it a point this winter to come up to speed on some more advanced stat concepts so I can use them every day, stats like VORP, WX & WARP - and there are tons of sources to help explain that on the site. They update every day with new articles - Will Carroll's injury report might be worth it alone, but it keeps you tuning in every day, no doubt. Subscription also includes the vast PECOTA database that is released in the spring.
My brother is a die hard Indians fan, and swears by the Scout.com Indians site as the best Indians site on the web.