Ryan Dempster will not pitch for any MLB team in 2014, because:
“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to,” Dempster told FOXSports.com. “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. The time is right.
“I’m not saying retirement but I definitely won’t be playing this season.”
He is likely to go to the restricted list and will forego his entire 2014 salary, giving the Red Sox a little more wiggle room to, say, sign Stephen Drew (if the Yankees haven’t already done that).
Thanks for the innings, Dempster. Best to you in your future, and glad you could pitch in the postseason and grab a ring.