MLB Rumors: Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster will not pitch in 2014

Oct 23, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (46) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning of game one of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Boston won 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

Topics: Boston Red Sox, Ryan Dempster

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