If the Red Sox were looking to add depth to their pitching staff, they might be working towards an answer. But not one that will bring most Sox fans to the edge of their seats.
The Sox have signed pitchers Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon to minor league deals Friday, with both being assigned to Triple A Pawtucket.
To make room for the pitchers, the PawSox have placed Alfredo Aceves on the temporarily inactive list and will make another roster move before Friday night's game.
Contreras, 41, is an 11-year veteran whose best years were from 2003-2005 when he played for the Yankees and the White Sox. The right-hander has a career record of 78-67 with a 4.57 ERA, but has only made 41 appearances in the last three years.
Lyon, 33, has a 4.16 career ERA and a 1.381 career WHIP in 12 major league seasons, and was part of the less-than-stellar 2003 Red Sox bullpen in his only season with the team.