The Boston Red Sox are coming off of another World Series title, and pitcher Ryan Dempster seems to be in the mood to enjoy it a little longer. While there were some questions about his future with the Red Sox, the pitcher has announced that he’s going to take 2014 off and go into temporary retirement before deciding what’s next in his career.
According to Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports, Dempster is going to take 2014 off to spend time with his kids.
BREAKING: Ryan Dempster will not pitch for #RedSox in 2014 due to physical reasons and his desire to spend more time with his kids.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 16, 2014
This doesn’t mean that Dempster is retiring, but it does mean that he’s not going to pitch at least in the beginning of the year. It’s possible that he returns later in the year to a contender looking for a veteran postseason arm, but he’s more than likely done playing baseball for the foreseeable future.