Right-hander Ryan Dempster will not pursue a contract this offseason and is now officially retired from baseball, according to an industry source. Dempster forfeited his $13.25 million salary with the Red Sox in order to sit out the 2014 season, but had publicly kept the door open for a 2015 return until this point.
Dempster, 37, ends his career with a lifetime 132-133 record and 4.35 ERA in 579 appearances (351 starts) with the Marlins (1998-2002), Reds (2002-2003), Cubs (2004-2014), Rangers (2012) and Red Sox (2013). He was an All-Star in 2000 and 2008, and exits the game as a World Series champion with the Red Sox in 2013. In his final season, he posted an 8-9 record and 4.57 ERA in 32 appearances (29 starts).
Dempster joined MLB Network as a studio analyst in April, and is expected to continue with his role there. MLB Daily Dish wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors.