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.

Astros talking to Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole about extensions

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It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.

That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.