Mirabelli is trying to prepare himself for being the everyday catcher next season for the Pads.
Would Mirabelli have been the backup catcher for Mike Pizza? Piazza has said he is playing for the Italian team. He just can't get a starting job anywhere but San Diego!
Tim Sullivan suggests reasons for the Loretta - Mirabelli trade, vote below.
Reasons for the Loretta trade?
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a) a one-sided salary dump
b) a rash reaction to Loretta's injury-influenced decline
c) a dangerous gamble on Josh Barfield's development at second base
d) a sign of desperation in the search for Ramon Hernandez's replacement behind the plate.
e) all of the above
f) none of the above