On this date in 2005, the Padres traded All-Star 2nd baseman Mark Loretta for backup catcher Doug Mirabelli. The move allowed the team to make room for heralded prospect Josh Barfield, at least for one season. Barfield would get traded a year later for equally unimpressive Kevin Kouzmanoff, but that’s a different story.
Of course, the funniest part would come a month into the season.
Loretta would have an All-Star season in Boston, yet Mirabelli would get off to a horrendous start in a Padre uniform. He hit .182 in 14 games backing up Mike Piazza. It wasn’t what the team envisioned. They realized quickly they didn’t want him.
The good news?
90-year-old Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield was having a tough time. He needed someone who could catch the pitch he’d worked generations to get just right. Mirabelli was his guy. As much as they wanted to get rid of Mirabelli, the Red Sox needed him just as badly.
So, on May 1st, the Padres traded Mirabelli back to the Red Sox for Josh Bard, Cla Meredith and Cash. Bard would have a solid two years while Meredith was lights out the rest of the season. He was a quality arm for a few years.
Basically, we’ll just pretend Loretta was traded for Bard, Meredith and Cash. That’ll make everyone feel a little bit for a day.
On that note, Trader AJ is at it again, so expect the new Padres to keep wheeling and dealing. 2020 here we come.