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Mirabelli agrees to return to Red Sox as backup

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have agreed to terms with Doug Mirabelli on a deal that would bring him back for another season as their backup catcher and the designated battery-mate of knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

The deal is pending a physical, a baseball official with knowledge of the agreement said Friday. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized.

Mirabelli will get a $550,000 base salary. He can make $275,000 more in roster bonuses, $150,000 in conditioning bonuses and $1.25 million in performance bonuses based on games and games started.

Since batting a career-high .281 and playing a key role in Boston's 2004 World Series title, Mirabelli has averaged just six homers and 20 RBIs with a .206 batting average while playing in just 30 games a season.