16 Feb 2014
Ryan Dempster has announced he will not pitch in 2014 sighting a physical ailment and wanting to spend more time with family.
First the impact on the Red Sox. This greatly erodes the team’s pitching depth. Dempster wasn’t going to be counted on for 200 quality innings but as a spot starter and long relief option, he will be missed.
By putting him on the restricted list, the Sox needn’t pay his $14m salary. I don’t know of this frees up salary space under the cap or not but if is does it provides space to add pitching help.
As for his reasoning, it really seems he wants to spend more family time which is great. But if prefer he say that without adding the physical ailment part as, and I’m probably looking too much into this, but the physical part is minor, minor part of his rational.
Good luck to Dempster, from all accounts he is a good guy, unless you are Alex Rodriguez.