Padres trade Loretta for Mirabelli
Mark Loretta

Posted Dec 7, 2005

The San Diego Padres today acquired catcher Doug Mirabelli from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for second baseman Mark Loretta.

"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).

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