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pedro
05-01-2006, 01:50 PM
The Boston Red Sox have finalized a trade to obtain catcher Doug Mirabelli from the San Diego Padres in exchange for catcher Josh Bard, minor-league pitcher Cla Meredith and cash, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney is reporting.

Doug Mirabelli
Catcher
San Diego Padres

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
14 0 0 1 .308 .182

Mirabelli, Tim Wakefield's normal catcher last season when Mirabelli was with the Red Sox, will be in the starting lineup Monday night against the Yankees.

The Yankees also tried to obtain Mirabelli to keep him from returning to the Red Sox.

The Red Sox traded Mirabelli to the Padres for second baseman Mark Loretta in December. The Padres' compensation in this latest deal is still unclear.

Mirabelli had been Wakefield's personal catcher in Boston before being traded. In 2005, he batted .228 in just 136 at-bats in 50 games. This season, he is batting .182 in 22 at-bats for the Padres.

He is a career .240 hitter with 47 homers and 165 RBI in 459 career games for Boston, Texas, San Francisco and San Diego.

Bard, who has caught Wakefield's five starts in 2006, leads the major leagues with 10 passed balls

flyer85
05-01-2006, 02:21 PM
Truly funny. Bard looked like Larue trying to catch the flutterball in a game last week.

Why the Sox traded Mirabelli in the first place is an interesting question. Maybe they will try to get Arroyo back from the Reds.

pedro
05-01-2006, 02:23 PM
Truly funny. Bard looked like Larue trying to catch the flutterball in a game last week.

Why the Sox traded Mirabelli in the first place is an interesting question. Maybe they will try to get Arroyo back from the Reds.


Loretta isn't doing very well right now either.

Dunner44
05-01-2006, 02:27 PM
I love that the Yanks tried to be jerks and steal him away. LMAO at Steiney.

Joseph
05-01-2006, 02:33 PM
I don't think it qualifies as being jerks. It's no different than claiming someone on waivers when you know your biggest rival will try to get them as well, even though you might not need them.

BuckU
05-01-2006, 02:46 PM
Too bad they got Bard in return. Kriv could have offered Valentin to them as Piazza's backup.

blumj
05-01-2006, 06:35 PM
Truly funny. Bard looked like Larue trying to catch the flutterball in a game last week.

Why the Sox traded Mirabelli in the first place is an interesting question. Maybe they will try to get Arroyo back from the Reds.

There were some rumors he did a few things the Red Sox didn't exactly approve of, one was something really juvenile involving mocking a disabled person. But I think they really wanted Loretta, too.

Falls City Beer
05-01-2006, 06:53 PM
Pretty soon the rich teams will get "automatic back-sies" clauses in their players' contracts: they stipulate that "the team with the larger payroll can reacquire any player from the team to whom he had been traded--at any point whatsoever, so naah...."

blumj
05-01-2006, 07:29 PM
Okay, but this was funny. How often do you get to see video of a back up catcher arriving at the stadium, hop out of a state police car in full uniform, and go right behind the plate to the cheers of a packed house?

And gets the standing ovation his first AB. While Damon's getting booed off the field and traitor chants.