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Doug Mirabelli | Catcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (47) / 10/18/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wichita State
Drafted: 1992 / Rd. 5 (0) / SF

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Red Sox waived catcher Doug Mirabelli for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
The Red Sox guaranteed Mirabelli only $150,000 when they re-signed him, so they're not losing much money here. Still, it's a very surprising move that they'd risk upsetting chemistry and take Tim Wakefield out of his comfort zone in order to go with Kevin Cash as their No. 2 catcher. Cash is an excellent defender and he did impress while catching Wakefield during Mirabelli's DL stint last year, but he's one of the very worst hitters at the upper levels of the game. Maybe it's an upgrade for Boston, but the difference in performance shouldn't be worth even one game in the standings. Depending on how Wakefield reacts, it might be necessary to drop him in draft lists. Thu, Mar 13, 2008 01:22:00 PM

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The Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox have released Doug Mirabelli.

Mirabelli has long been Tim Wakefield's personal catcher, but his bat has declined over the past few seasons and the team apparently feels comfortable with Kevin Cash as Jason Varitek's backup. The newspaper notes that Mirabelli was in uniform this morning before being scratched from the lineup, so the decision seems to have been a sudden one.
Thu, Mar 13, 2008 12:23:00 PM

Red Sox re-signed catcher Doug Mirabelli to a one-year, $550,000 contract.

Mirabelli appears finished offensively at age 37, but the Red Sox figured it wasn't worth taking a chance on another catcher meshing well with Tim Wakefield. As long as he's not needed in an expanded roll, he won't do much harm. A major injury to Jason Varitek would almost certainly force the Red Sox to make a trade.
Wed, Jan 16, 2008 06:59:00 PM

The Red Sox will re-sign Doug Mirabelli to a one-year deal worth about $550,000.

Incentives could bring the value of the deal up to $1 million or so. If the Red Sox seriously contemplated any other free agent backups this winter, they kept it quiet. Mirabelli has pretty much lost it offensively, but he still does a nice job of handling Tim Wakefield's knuckler. If Jason Varitek stays healthy, the Red Sox should be fine.
Thu, Jan 10, 2008 01:29:00 PM

According to the Boston Globe, "the paucity of catching has the Red Sox contemplating bringing back Doug Mirabelli next season."

Mirabelli said earlier this month that he hopes to re-sign with Boston and continue as Tim Wakefield's personal catcher, but the Red Sox might be looking to upgrade after he hit just .191 and .202 over the past two seasons.
Wed, Dec 5, 2007 09:31:00 AM

Doug Mirabelli has filed for free agency, but hopes to return to the Red Sox if the team picks up Tim Wakefield's contract option.

"It’s just like every year, you file for free agency, although it’s no secret where I want to be," Mirabelli said. "I’m sure we’ll have some talks pretty soon, and hopefully I’ll be back. Obviously I’m here for Wakey and as long he’s here I want to be here. That’s never been a secret." The Sox are expected to bring Wakefield back next season, but it is possible they'll try to upgrade from Mirabelli.
Thu, Nov 1, 2007 09:37:00 AM

Doug Mirabelli caught an inning Monday in his first action since injuring his hamstring on Sept. 6.

Kevin Cash started with Tim Wakefield on the mound. Mirabelli will probably start next time Wakefield's turn comes up.
Mon, Sep 17, 2007 11:39:00 PM

Doug Mirabelli (hamstring) is pressing manager Terry Francona to allow him to play Monday, but it's unlikely he'll be ready to catch Tim Wakefield.

"He's politicking for it," Francona said, "but I don't know if he's ready." It looks like Kevin Cash will get more experience dealing with the knuckleballer and will also get a chance to play against his former team, Toronto.
Mon, Sep 17, 2007 09:06:00 AM

Doug Mirabelli won't be ready to catch Tim Wakefield on Tuesday because of his strained left hamstring.

Kevin Cash will fill in against the Devil Rays.
Mon, Sep 10, 2007 09:42:00 PM

Doug Mirabelli left Thursday's game because of a strained left hamstring.

It wasn't the calf, though it may have come from compensating for the calf. Either way, Mirabelli sure if having a lot of leg troubles for someone so slow that he's actually been adopted into the Molina family.
Thu, Sep 6, 2007 08:19:00 PM

In his first appearance since returning from the DL, Doug Mirabelli left Thursday's game in the third inning with an apparent leg injury.

Mirabelli likely aggravated his strained calf on his single in the inning. He convinced the trainer that he could stay in initially, but he left after another single advanced him to second base. Kevin Cash took over catching Tim Wakefield.
Thu, Sep 6, 2007 07:49:00 PM

Doug Mirabelli has been away from the Red Sox the past couple of days, attending to a "very serious" family issue.

Manager Terry Francona hopes to have his backup catcher back Tuesday, but he wasn't sure.
Tue, Sep 4, 2007 07:46:00 AM

Red Sox activated catcher Doug Mirabelli from the 15-day disabled list.

Mirabelli isn't fully recovered from his strained calf, but he'll be available in an emergency. He should be ready to start by the time Tim Wakefield pitches again.
Sat, Sep 1, 2007 08:14:00 PM

Doug Mirabelli (calf) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

Mirabelli will serve as the third catcher behind Jason Varitek and Kevin Cash until he is 100 percent healthy.
Sat, Sep 1, 2007 08:56:00 AM

Doug Mirabelli (calf) took batting practice Tuesday.

Barring a setback, he's expected to come off the disabled list when eligible Friday. He'll resume his role as Tim Wakefield's personal catcher.
Wed, Aug 29, 2007 08:48:00 AM

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