Igawa was not ready for prime time last season after coming over from Japan. He seems overmatched and nervous. Henn is a nice kid who tries hard but has a 7.53 career ERA over parts of three seasons. Wright allowed a home run to Mike Lowell in April that just now landed on the Mass Pike. That was the end of him.
So what should they do?
They could overpay and sign Ron Mahay for two years. The Royals, as it turns out, are not all that interested. They could go with all right-handers or they could try and force Igawa into the role and hope all that money on him wasn’t wasted.
Having a lefty for the sake of having a lefty is a waste of money. I’d rather use a power righty against a good lefty hitter than a soft-tossing lefty.
Igawa should be traded to some NL team with a big park (San Diego for instance) before whatever value he has disappears. Henn is at the end of his rope. He was tried as a starter and now as a reliever. This camp could be his last chance.
Wright, who will be 25 when camp starts, is too young to give up on. If he can’t start, they need to see how he does in the bullpen.