RHP Shunsuke Watanabe agrees with Red Sox

Right-hander Shunsuke Watanabe has agreed to a minor league

contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Boston says he will report to minor league spring training as a


The two-time All-Star in Japan is a submarine-style pitcher with

a 87-82 record and a 3.65 ERA. He spent 13 years with the Chiba

Lotte Marines of the Pacific League and pitched on Japan’s World

Baseball Classic championship teams in 2006 and 2009.

Also Tuesday, the Red Sox agreed to release righty Chris

Carpenter to the Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League in

exchange for cash. Carpenter was the compensation for general

manager Theo Epstein when he left for the Chicago Cubs after the

2011 season.