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Red Sox agree to terms with catcher John Flaherty
12/23/2005 10:25 AM ET
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox and catcher John Flaherty have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Co-General Managers Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer made the announcement. Terms were not disclosed.

A veteran of 14 major league seasons, Flaherty returns to the organization that originally selected him in the 25th round of the 1988 Draft. The 38-year-old is a career .252 hitter with 80 home runs and 395 RBI in 1,047 games with Boston (1992-93), Detroit (1994-96), San Diego (1996-97), Tampa Bay (1998-2002) and the New York Yankees (2003-05). Flaherty, who bats and throws righthanded, saw action in 47 games for the Yankees in 2005 and batted .165 with two homers and 11 RBI. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder teamed up with Randy Johnson for 135.2 innings pitched by the Yankee southpaw.

Flaherty made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 1992 and played a total of 48 games through the 1993 campaign before his trade to the Tigers for catcher Rich Rowland on April 1, 1994, three days before Opening Day. In six seasons from 1995-2000, he batted .262 with an average of 113 games, 10 home runs and 47 RBI per campaign, hitting a career-best .284 with Detroit and San Diego in 1996 and posting career highs with 14 homers and 71 RBI with Tampa Bay in 1999.

A native of New York City, Flaherty played college baseball at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. before joining the Red Sox organization in 1988. He earned 1993 MVP honors for Triple-A Pawtucket after batting .271 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 105 games for the PawSox.

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