I think you might be surprised. With spending that much monthly and probably hardly ever asking for a freebe, you might very easily be able to get them to give you a $200 retention credit for MLB EI. Call DirecTV and say cancel at the voice prompt to get to Retention to try. I wouldn't leave without trying. It makes a huge difference if the bill is paid on time. Let us know.
I took your advise and just called them. They offered MLB for $39.99/month or $199.00 up front. The person on the phone was nice but offered little help. I'm going to call Comcast and see what they have to offer. I'll either go with them or go w/o baseball this season. I won't pay $200 for something that should be included. We have gotten freebees in the past - most recently, free Stars for 6 months last august. It was offered to me when they billed me for HD erroneously as I had automatic bill pay, etc.
Edited by shoelessjoe, 04 April 2013 - 01:50 PM.