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Mirabelli files for free agency
11/01/2007 8:29 PM ET
BOSTON -- For the better part of the last six seasons, Doug Mirabelli has been Boston's backup catcher, not to mention a master at hanging on to Tim Wakefield's knuckleball.

There's a chance someone else will have to fill that role in 2008, as Mirabelli on Thursday filed for free agency.

Mirabelli was also a free agent last winter but wound up re-signing with Boston. The 37-year-old Mirabelli did not have a strong year offensively, hitting .202 with five homers and 16 RBIs. He also had some physical woes late in the season, suffering a right calf injury in August and a left hamstring ailment in September.

During Mirabelli's absences, Kevin Cash proved apt at handling the knuckleball. Cash is still under the contractual control of the Red Sox.

As for Wakefield, he suffered a shoulder injury that hampered him down the stretch, but the veteran knuckleballer has said he plans on coming back for another year. If that's the case, the Red Sox are likely to pick up his $4 million option.

Mirabelli joined Curt Schilling, Eric Gagne, Matt Clement, Eric Hinske and Bobby Kielty as free agents from the World Series champions.

Third baseman Mike Lowell -- the World Series MVP -- is also eligible for free agency but hasn't filed yet.

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