Port St. Lucie, FL (Sports Network) - The New York Mets acquired left-handed pitcher Kaz Ishii from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in exchange for catcher Jason Phillips.
The 31-year-old Ishii was 13-8 last season with a 4.71 earned run average in 31 starts. Over his three-year career, Ishii has compiled 36 wins - making him the fifth winningest pitcher in the National League over that time.
Ishii has also posted 29 first half wins since 2002. Only St. Louis' Mark Mulder (33) and the New York Yankees' Mike Mussina (31) have more victories during that span.
The Mets need for another starter became absolutely necessary last week when it was learned that Steve Trachsel would likely miss the season because of back surgery.
Trachsel, who has rarely missed action because of injury since joining the Mets in 2001, apparently hurt himself at some point of spring training.
The 34-year-old Trachsel, who would have served as the Mets No. 4 pitcher this season, went 12-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 33 starts last year for New York.
Phillips, meanwhile, batted a paltry .218 last season with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 128 games. In 2003 the 28-year-old impressed and seemed headed for stardom, as he hit .298 with 11 homers and 58 RBI in 119 games.