"Doug Mirabelli is a veteran player with a lot of postseason experience who shores up our catching situation," said Towers. "We'd like to wish Mark Loretta the best of luck in the future as he's been not only a great player on the field and in the clubhouse but a tremendous person in the San Diego community as well."
Mirabelli, 35, appeared in 50 games for the Red Sox last season, batting .228 (31-for-136) with six home runs and 18 RBI. Originally drafted by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft, Mirabelli is a career .241 hitter (279-for-1159) with 68 doubles, 47 home runs and 165 RBI over parts of 10 Major League seasons with San Francisco (1996-2000), Texas (2001) and Boston (2001-05). A three-time All-American at Wichita State and member on the Shockers' 1990 National Championship team, the 6-1, 220-pound catcher has appeared in four postseasons over the last five years with the Giants (2000) and Red Sox (2003-05).
Loretta, 34, batted .280 (113-for-404) with three home runs, 16 doubles, 38 RBI and 54 runs scored in 105 games in an injury-shortened 2005 with the Padres. Loretta underwent surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb on May 19 and was reinstated on July 18, missing 52 games.
A National League All-Star in 2004 when he became the first Padre to tally 200 hits, score 100 runs and drive in 75 in the same season, Loretta has a career batting average of .301 (1285-for-4275) with 63 home runs, 230 doubles, 466 RBI and 595 runs scored in 1230 games over parts of 11 Major League seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers (1995-2002), Houston Astros (2002), and Padres (2003-05).