Red Sox acquire submariner Shunsuke Watanabe; Chris Carpenter sent to Japan

Rob Bradford
December 17, 2013 - 3:37 pm

The Red Sox announced Tuesday that they have signed 37-year-old right-handed pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe to a minor league contract. The submarine-style hurler has spent his entire 13-year career with the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan'€™s Nippon Professional Baseball League. He has compiled a record of 87-82 with a  career ERA of 3.65, performing primarily as a starter. Watanabe, who went 0-4 with a 4.62 ERA in six starts last season, was a two-time NPB All-Star (2004, '€™05), while also pitching for Japan in the World Baseball Classic in '€™06 and '€™09. Watanabe will report to Red Sox minor league spring training and work as a reliever. The Sox also sold pitcher Chris Carpenter -- the righty who was acquired from the Cubs (along with pitcher Aaron Kurcz) in exchange for Theo Epstein -- to the Yakult Swallows. The 27-year-old went 0-2 with a 4.96 ERA for Triple-A Pawtucket in '13, a year removed from Tommy John surgery.