Half of the return for Theo, er.., Jair Bogaerts gone. Aaron Kurcz had a decent season going as a sometimes closer last year before being shut down and ultimately requiring TJ surgery.Red Sox released RHP Chris Carpenter.
They gave him his release in order to let him sign on with Japan's Yakult Swallows. Carpenter holds a 5.17 ERA and 10/17 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 career major league innings.
via rotoRed Sox signed RHP Shunsuke Watanabe to a minor league contract.
The deal does not include an invitation to spring training. Watanabe was used almost exclusively as a starter in Japan, but he'll try to make it up to the majors with the Red Sox as a submarining reliever. The 37-year-old posted a 4.62 ERA with a 9/9 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings in 2013 for the Chiba Lotte Marines.