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You may or may not know that there are costs involved in running this site. This year’s inclusion in ESPN’s “SweetSpot” network has been a boon in regard to traffic and popularity — but at a cost. You see, the more traffic the site gets, the more it costs to keep the site going. That’s why you’ve been seeing more ads on the right and frequent hawking of DVDs — it’s all to pay for the server fees.

Personally, I think the “Playing for Peanuts” DVD is well worth the cost — if I didn’t, it wouldn’t be advertised here. I like the idea of making money from something that will be enjoyed, rather than just hawking something for the sake of making money. There should be value to you as much to me when it comes to products offered on MetsToday.

Toward that end, over the last month I worked with the other ESPN SweetSpot bloggers on a “Trade Primer”. What the heck is that, you ask? It’s a 170-page book on the trade possibilities for every MLB team. It includes a quick rundown on what’s going right and wrong with every club, and a synopsis of who might be traded and why before July 31 — with the content written by people who follow their respective team on a daily (more like, hourly) basis.

This type of a book may have no value to you whatsoever unless you are part of a fantasy league or if you genuinely enjoy reading about baseball’s current events. Because you are a loyal reader of MetsToday and may have some interest in this “Trade Primer”, you have the opportunity to download a sample of the book. Check it out, see if you like it, and if you do, consider purchasing the full version for a mere $9.95.

About five bucks of that $9.95 goes toward keeping the server running. I need to sell about 320 of these downloadable PDFs to cover the cost of the server for a year.

But I’m going to add in one more thing: for every copy of the Primer that I sell, I will donate $1 to the American Bird Conservancy — which is the non-profit organization overseeing the cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. So if you purchase a Primer, $4 goes toward the MetsToday server bill and $1 goes to the ABC. That said, the goal is to sell 400. If by some miracle that number is reached, I’ll donate $2 of every sale after that to the ABC and put the other three bucks toward a new laptop. Good deal? If you think there’s a better way for me to use the potential excess cash, let me know in the comments.

Regardless of whether you buy a trade primer, I encourage you to at least download and enjoy the free sample copy — because it is free, after all. After you read either the sample or the Primer, please leave your comments below.

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Note: the Primer was organized by Minnesota Twins bloggers, so you will see that the description of the book is coming from a Twins perspective. No worries, though, the Primer actually covers all MLB teams equally.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.