The baseball gods continue to shine down on the Boston Red Sox. Ryan Dempster (arguably the most expendable player on the Boston roster) has decided to not play this year for family and health issues. Dempster wants to spend more time with his children and doesn’t feel his body is up to the task of pitching in 2014. This is actually a big break for Boston. The Sox can put Dempster on the restricted list and save 13.25 million in payroll. With a surplus of starting pitching, Dempster was already a candidate to be dealt or pushed back to the bullpen. 13.25 million is much greater value than anything the Sox would have gotten for Dempster on the trade market. Brandon Workman and Allen Webster now slide into the emergency 6th-starter roles, and the Sox have a newfound pile of cash to play with as several valuable free agents remain on the market. The Sox have more incentive to go after Stephen Drew now to provide depth on the left side of the infield. This could also put them in the running for Nelson Cruz, who could benefit greatly as a right-handed hitter in Fenway. I wasn’t a fan of the original Dempster deal, and didn’t like what I saw from him last season. his FIP (fielding independent pitching) was the 9th worst in all of baseball. Saying goodbye after what is essentially now a one-year deal looks a one hell of a lot better. I certainly hope nothing terrible has happened with Dempster’s family, but as a Sox fan, I couldn’t be happier to see a player go. As we learned last year with the Dodgers; you can never have enough starting pitching.
Breaking News: Dempster to sit out the 2014 Season
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