Mark Loretta will be traded to the Red Sox for Doug Mirabelli, the Boston Herald reports.
It's all but done and could be announced later today. Loretta is only scheduled to make $3.75 million after a trade bonus, so it looks like a very good deal for Boston. He could bat second regardless of whether Edgar Renteria returns. Dustin Pedroia will have to return to Triple-A, perhaps for the full season. However, the Red Sox could look at Pedroia at shortstop if they trade Renteria
I don't like losing Mirabelli, considered the best backup catcher in the game and Wake's personal catcher, but I suppose Shoppach can backup Tek now. Downside to that though is Shoppach probably can't be used in any deals.
I like getting Loretta. As the blurb stated, he can bat 2nd and if Rent stays, move Rent down in the order. Just hope his wrist is healed