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Breaking: Ryan Dempster to skip this season

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 16, 2014 10:40 AM

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Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster is going to skip
the 2014 season. (Matt Slocum / AP photo)

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.

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