Ryan Dempster won't pitch for the Red Sox in 2014 due to physical reasons and a desire to spend more time with his kids, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Ryan was entering the second year of a two year $26.5M contract, that paid him $13.25MM per season.
In 2013, Dempster posted a 4.57 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 29 starts and three relief appearances.
If The Red Sox place him on the restricted list as expected, the club will now have an additional $13.25MM of breathing room with regards to the luxury tax which would free them up to spend elsewhere.Source- Mlbtr“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to. I feel it’s in the best interest of both the club but most importantly myself to step away from playing baseball at this time," said the 36-year-old (via Twitter links). "The time is right. I’m not saying retirement but I definitely won’t be playing this season."
After winning the WS.., the rich get richer.. $13.25MM was an overpay for a guy who posted a 4.57 ERA last year, and was turning 37 before next season.. The Red Sox got lucky because very rarely do athletes give up this type of money.