Cutnpaste: – David Wright, Money Woes, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey


I told him it would be great to give him a two-week furlough to, say, the Yankees or Red Sox clubhouse. Just so he could see how different the professionalism and preparation was. How the confidence, the sense of winning was so different from what he was experiencing. Wright was engaged, wanting to know more about how those clubhouses operated. But when I asked him if he wanted off the island, he shook his head to indicate no.


Money Woes:
When the owners of the Mets said in late January that they would seek buyers for up to 25 percent of the club, they cited “the air of uncertainty” created by the $1 billion lawsuit brought by Irving H. Picard, the trustee representing the victims of Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. But a look at the team’s financial condition — gleaned from public financial documents and numerous interviews — suggests the team may well have needed the proceeds from selling part of the team regardless of the suit.


Despite a big home run in today’s game against Houston, Met’s prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis isn’t likely to stick with the big-league club when they head north for opening day. Rather, he’ll have to bide his time back in Triple-A, where he hit a paltry .225 in 30-games last season. Before that slide, Nieuwenhuis was hitting .289 with 16 homers and 60 RBI for Double-A Binghamton. So far this spring, the 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .130 with the aforementioned homer and three strikeouts in 23 at bats. Nieuwenhuis is the most complete all-around player that the Mets have in their pipeline and the most big-league ready position player prospect, as most of New York’s top talent is playing below Double-A, meaning that he could get the chance to see a lot of big-league action as the season progresses.


Jose to Boston:
Jose Reyes, the future shortstop of the Boston Red Sox? Crazy talk. Right? Perhaps not, though. Should the tandem of Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie add up to a significant leak in the seemingly unsinkable juggernaut that is the 2011 Boston Red Sox, it would be a safe bet that a move would be at least explored, if not made, by Boston’s front office.


So, yeah, Dickey’s knuckleballs are a little bit lower in the zone than Wakefield’s. But that alone is not enough to account for the difference: no matter the height Dickey’s knuckleballs get more grounders than Wakefield’s. Looking elsewhere, the big difference between the two pitches is that Dickey’s is about 10 mph faster: averaging 76 mph versus 66 mph for Wakefield. It looks like this plays a big part in the difference between the ground-ball rates:


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