12/15/2006 4:30 PM ET
Red Sox sign free agents J.C. Romero and Doug Mirabelli to one-year contracts
BOSTON -- The Red Sox today signed a pair of free agents, left-handed pitcher J.C. Romero and catcher Doug Mirabelli, to one-year contracts for the 2007 season. No further terms were disclosed.
The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Romero, 30, was 1-2 with a 6.70 ERA in 65 appearances for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2006. He held lefthanded batters to a .211 average, permitted just 13 of 44 inherited runners to score, and finished second on the staff in appearances. The lefthander pitched for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic after being acquired by the Angels from the Minnesota Twins on Dec. 9, 2005.
He became a free agent after the Angels did not exercise his contract option for 2007.
Romero has a 26-22 record and 4.35 ERA in 392 games/22 starts with the Twins (1999-2005) and the Angels (2006). He has held lefthanded hitters to a .229 batting average in his career. His 89 holds over the last five seasons rank as fifth most in the major leagues in that span.
He had his best season with the Twins in 2002, when he finished second in the American League with 81 appearances while also establishing career bests with nine wins, a 1.89 ERA, and 76 strikeouts. The lefthander ranked sixth in the A.L. with 73 appearances in 2003. Romero made his major league debut with the Twins in September 1999 and started 22 games for the team in 2000-01.
Mirabelli, 36, returns from his seventh season with the Red Sox. In 2006, he batted .191 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 73 games with San Diego and Boston. The righthanded batter had a .182 average in 14 games with the Padres before his May 1 trade to the Red Sox. Mirabelli hit .193 with six homers and 25 RBI in 59 games/45 starts for Boston the rest of the season. His overall fielding percentage was .994 with just two errors in 357 total chances. He was granted free agency on Oct. 28.
The veteran catcher has a .234 career average with 53 homers and 190 RBI in 518 games with San Francisco (1996-2000), Texas (2001), Boston (2001-06), and San Diego (2006). He has been Tim Wakefield's regular catcher for much of his tenure with the Red Sox, starting Wakefield's final 18 starts of 2006 after catching 704.2 of the knuckleballer's 779.1 innings from 2002-05.
Mirabelli's best offensive season with the Red Sox was 2004, when he batted .281 with nine homers and 32 RBI in 59 games.