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

12.17.13 at 8:37 pm ET

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.


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