FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster has decided not to play this season and will be placed on the restricted list. He will not be paid his salary of $13.25 million.
Dempster, 36, was 8-9 with a 4.57 earned run average for the Red Sox last season but was taken out of the rotation for the playoffs. He faced competition to earn a spot in the rotation this year.
The Red Sox were close to the luxury tax threshold prior to this announcement. With the money saved, Stephen Drew could be back in play.
The news came from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. More to come on this.