Let me be clear about this ... I like Doug Mirabelli. As a player, I mean. No, he's never been a No. 1 catcher, and he hasn't piled up even 200 at-bats since 2000. If he's got a tag, it's as the designated butterfly catcher, but nobody's throwing knuckleballs for the San Diego Padres, who acquired Mirabelli on Wednesday (though Steve Sparks, as usual, is just a phone call away).