Maybe I just don’t understand new media

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UPDATE:  Rovell was wrong.  It’s ten bucks on top of the print edition to get the digital edition too, not ten dollars more for the digital edition only.  I don’t see an option for digital-only, however. Is that available? Anyone? Bueller?

Sports Illustrated is apparently coming out with a digital subscription for smart phones and tablet devices.

OK, that’s cool.  If there’s anyone who can sell an online magazine package it’s gotta be SI. They’re a coherent set of goods for the most part. The “illustrated” part works for multimedia platforms.  I can see it.  But this news from CNBC’s Darren Rovell is weird:

Surprised that SI’s new yearly digital subscription is $10 MORE ($48) than what it costs to get the magazine in print.

I understand sports content more than I understand the business behind it, so if someone can explain that to me, I’d appreciate it.

In other news the iPhone and iPad apps for PFT, HBT and the rest of the NBC Sports blogs continue to be free.  Android coming soon.  Not as many swimsuit models, however, so do the math as you see fit.

Two mystery teams are talking to Manny Machado

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The Phillies and White Sox have dominated much of the conversation around free agent Manny Machado this winter, but Andy Martino of SNY says that they may have some stiff competition as the clock winds down to Opening Day. Two mystery teams have been recently linked to the slugger, and Fancred’s Jon Heyman adds that one of them currently has the high bid, though they’re not considered his “preferred landing spot.”

There’s little sense in putting any stock in these kinds of rumors, of course, but it’ll be interesting to see how Machado’s camp responds in the weeks to come. The 26-year-old’s father, Manuel, added some fuel to the fire on Friday after taking an interview with Z101 Digital, saying, “I believe that the team you will probably less think about is the one that’s going to sign Manny Machado.”

Whether that’s in reference to the Yankees, who are apparently still in the conversation, or a true unknown team remains to be seen. Machado has given little, if any indication that he’s leaning toward a particular club, but is generally expected to be more receptive to whichever suitor feels inclined to meet his 10-year, $300 million asking price. At the very least, Manuel’s comments may help light a fire under the Phillies and White Sox as they continue to mull over a potential deal with the four-time All-Star.