The Red Sox signed 37-year old pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe to a minor league contract—with an invite to Spring Training. Watanabe is a submariner who pitched mostly as a starter for the Chiba Lotte Marines (of course, he's a submariner!) in the Nippon Professional Baseball League (0-4, 4.62 ERA in 2013). He will be asked to work out of the bullpen in the Red Sox organization. The Red Sox also released the contract of Chris Carpenter (who came over in the Theo Epstein exchange) to the Yakult Swallows of NPB.