The Mets wasted little time replenishing rotation depth following Steve Trachsel’s injury, trading for left-handed Dodgers project Kaz Ishii, who arrived in St. Lucie today and summarily put on the No. 23 uniform of the guy he was traded for, Jason Phillips.
Ishii’s control problems have frustrated Dodger fans for years, and Rick Peterson is certain to have his hands full, but there’s no denying Ishii has some ability and when you can get a starting pitcher for a backup catcher you generally do it, so we’re on board. We’ll certainly miss Phillips’ goofy glasses and his line-drive hitting if that happens to come back, but inasmuch as the trade provides him with a chance to play more often in an attempt to erase the disaster of 2004 from his mind, we’re all for that too. The Ishii-Phillips trade is the 19th known addition to the all-time Uni-Swap list.