The Boston Red Sox have reached preliminary agreement on a minor league contract with right-hander Bartolo Colon, a source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.
If he makes the Opening Day roster, Colon would provide rotation insurance for Boston, which will be without Curt Schilling, who is working his way back from a shoulder injury.
The White Sox and Cardinals had also been rumored as possible suitors for Colon this offseason.
Colon suffered through an injury-marred 2007 for the Los Angeles Angels, posting a 6-8 record and a 6.34 ERA -- the worst of his career.
In his 11-year career, Colon is 146-95 with a 4.10 ERA. He is a two-time 20-game winner and he won the Cy Young Award in 2005 with the Angels.
Like the article says, if anything it gives them depth. Depending on how he looks in spring, they MAY choose to go with him over Buchholz initially as their #5. They planned on limiting Buchholz's IP anyway so this might push them a little further in that direction.