SDUT: Loretta goes to Boston for Mirabelli

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By Jimmy Golen
ASSOCIATED PRESS

4:55 p.m. December 7, 2005

DALLAS – The Padres traded second baseman Mark Loretta to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday for catcher Doug Mirabelli.

"Any manager would love to have a guy like Mark Loretta on a ballclub," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's a guy that plays both sides of the ball well. He's so solid all around in his game."

Mirabelli had backed up Gold Glove-winner Jason Varitek in Boston, getting just 136 at-bats in 50 games and batting .228. He is a career .241 hitter with 47 homers and 165 RBIs in 445 career games for Boston, Texas and San Francisco.

San Diego had been trying to re-sign Ramon Hernandez, but he appears to have agreed to a contract with the Baltimore Orioles in a deal that probably will be announced Thursday. Mirabelli will compete for the starting job with Miguel Olivo, who had been backing up Hernandez after joining the Padres in midseason.

The trade was largely agreed to but delayed as the Padres negotiated to re-sign closer Trevor Hoffman.

"This deal was significant enough to put everything else on hold," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said.